Woman hurt in collision at Catherine Store Road
December 2, 2014
A Glenwood Springs woman was in serious but stable condition at a hospital Tuesday after authorities said she ran a red light at Highway 82 near Catherine Store and was struck by a turning dump truck.
Claudia Rodriquez, 24, was given a ticket for careless driving, according to Sgt. David Evridge, of the Colorado State Patrol. Rodriquez was traveling westbound or downvalley on Highway 82 in a 2012 Nissan Versa.
"We believe she ran a red light," Evridge said, citing interviews with witnesses.
The dump truck driven by Ronald Goscha was eastbound on Highway 82 and turning north onto Catherine Road, also known as County Road 100, according to the State Patrol investigation. Goscha was turning with a protected green arrow at the traffic signal, Evridge said.
Skid marks from the truck were evident on the highway. The T-bone impact pushed Rodriquez's car onto Catherine Store Road on the north side of the intersection and caused extensive damage on the driver's door of the small car. Rodriquez had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters from Carbondale and Basalt.
The accident was reported at 12:20 p.m. She was removed from the vehicle at about 1 p.m. and transported by ambulance to Valley View Hospital.
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Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the driver's side air curtain deployed in the Nissan and possibly prevented more serious injury. The support column directly behind the driver gave way so the entire roof collapsed, he said. The extrication was complicated, Thompson said. The dump truck was disabled in the crash, so the Nissan had to be pulled away before extrication could be completed, he said.
The Nissan was owned by AutoZone in Glenwood Springs, according to the State Patrol. Rodriquez was delivering auto parts at the time of the crash, according to Evridge.
Between 40 and 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the dump truck. Ecos Environmental Services was enlisted for the cleanup.
Westbound traffic on Highway 82 was slowed but still flowed during the operation.
While Basalt firefighters were helping at the accident scene, the fire department received a second call for a vehicle on fire on Highway 82 at Lazy Glen. The eastbound lanes of the highway were temporarily closed while firefighters extinguished the blaze.