A close call on Highway 82
October 26, 2007
BASALT ” Two motorists escaped injuries on Thursday in a crash on Highway 82 that authorities said could have been much worse.
A white sedan ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 82 with Two Rivers Road/ Willits Lane around 2 p.m. Thursday, according to Basalt police officer Jeni Newcomb. The car clipped the left rear end of a sport utility vehicle that was crossing the highway from Two Rivers Road to Willits Lane, she said.
If the SUV had been traveling through the intersection two seconds later, it would have been a direct T- bone crash with potentially greater injuries, Newcomb said.
The front end of the sedan was smashed during impact, and the car came to rest in a downvalley lane of Highway 82. The collision twirled the SUV around, and it came to rest on a shoulder of Willits Lane.
Both motorists refused transport or treatment by Basalt ambulances.
Newcomb said she was preparing to issue a citation to the driver of the sedan for failing to yield for a traffic signal. She declined to give the name of the motorist Thursday afternoon because the citation hadn’t been issued yet.
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Newcomb urged drivers to slow down when approaching intersections and obey signals, heeding the warning to stop on a yellow light.