A man crashed his car on Highway 82 at the main El Jebel intersection Thursday after possibly overdosing on heroin, according to Fire Department and law enforcement officials on the scene.
Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the man was being treated for trauma when he was pulled from his car after it rammed into a guardrail in front of the El Jebel Plaza around 4:10 p.m. Eagle County deputies who responded to the crash found a burnt spoon, a syringe and a baggie in the car, Thompson said. That suggested a heroin overdose, Thompson said, so he alerted the ambulance crew so they could use an antidote.
“That can reverse the effect,” Thompson said.
The man, whose name wasn’t available, had a pulse, but he wasn’t breathing on his own when he was transported to a hospital, according to Deputy Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw. The man appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s, Bradshaw said. No more could be learned about his condition Thursday evening.
Sgt. George Dow, of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, said the vehicle jumped a curb on Highway 82 near the downvalley-bound Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus stop. The car sheared a sign in front of the structure and continued traveling until it hit the guardrail. No one was injured at the bus stop, Dow said. The car suffered minor damage. The driver was believed to be the only occupant.