By Jan Rahn
A physician who treated patients in the area was killed in a car accident last week in Colorado.
Dr. Scott Carroll, a hand surgeon from North Platte, served as a visiting physician at Perkins County Health Services from June 2010 until February 2011.
According to a Colorado State Patrol trooper, the 2010 Ford pickup driven by Carroll on Wednesday, Dec. 4 was westbound on I-70 in the Lakewood, Colo., area near Denver when the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and collided with a guard rail. The pickup went over the rail into the median, became airborne and landed on 20th Avenue, coming to rest on its roof. Dr. Carroll was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no drugs or alcohol involved, however, speed was a contributing factor considering the wintry weather conditions at the time of the accident, said the trooper.
Carroll, 53, a Paxton native, had been employed at North Platte Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates. Stunned after learning of his death, some of the staff stayed to work, others went home to grieve, according to Jerri Carmel, practice administrator at North Platte Orthopaedic.
Specializing in hand surgery, which included carpal tunnel and trauma injury, Dr. Carroll was certified to perform general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgeries.
Other doctors and physician assistants in the practice are filling in to cover as many patients as possible, and traveling physicians will also help out to cover Dr. Carroll’s practice.