A close call on Highway 82 | AspenTimes.com

A close call on Highway 82

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

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.