DURANGO, COLO., JAN. 19 -- A Continental Express commuter airliner crashed near here tonight, and officials said that at least seven people were injured. There was no word on whether there were fatalities.

"What we do know, we have survivors. We have no confirmed fatalities," said Continental Airlines spokesman Bruce Hicks from the company's Houston offices. "I really don't have any more than that at this point."

Spokeswoman Stephanie Turner of Community Hospital in Durango said there were seven injured people, two seriously, being treated at Mercy Medical Center.

A television station in Denver reported there were 17 passengers, including a child aboard the twin-engine turboprop airplane, which was en route from Denver to Durango, a city of 11,000 in the southwestern part of the state, about 350 miles from Denver.

A Durango radio station said the crash occurred on a ranch outside of Bayfield, about 15 miles east of here.

Weather in the area was overcast with light snow.

A spokeswoman for the La Plata County sheriff's office said they received the first notification of the crash at 8 p.m. local time, and that rescue personnel were being dispatched to the site of the crash.

Dieter Hantschel of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol said a survivor walked out of the area and contacted authorities.

A spokesman for the Bayfield Fire Department said he knew of "just a few of them walking out."

The airplane that flies the route is Swearingen Metro that holds up to 19 passengers, Continental Express officials said.