Accident leaves teen in critical condition | AspenTimes.com

Accident leaves teen in critical condition

Naomi HavlenAspen Times Staff Writer

A 17-year-old male from Carbondale was critically injured in a multivehicle crash near Snowmass Canyon Monday evening.The teen was scheduled to be transported to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver last night. Two other men from Carbondale, ages 20 and 22, were treated and released with minor injuries.The crash happened around 4:45 p.m. and shut down State Highway 82 for two hours during rush hour. Traffic was diverted onto Lower River Road and Watson Divide Road with help from Snowmass Canyon construction workers.Aspen resident Grafton Smith was an eyewitness to the accident. He had been heading into the first curves of Snowmass Canyon just past Gerbazdale when traffic slowed. Smith said a flatbed truck from Scrivens Landscaping came up behind him and was “going way too fast to stop.”Smith said when the truck slammed on its brakes, it started going sideways and then shot into the upvalley lane and broadsided a Jeep Cherokee. He said the impact “drove the Jeep through a couple of concrete construction barriers on the side of the road.”He said the Jeep’s roof had to be cut off to extricate the driver. Another upvalley car was also hit, Smith said, but with no serious damage.Paul Scrivens from Paul Scrivens Landscape & Irrigation Inc. said he had heard about the accident from his employees but didn’t have a lot of information. He said the driver of the medium-duty flatbed truck, Jose Ramirez, was a newer employee of his.The passenger in the truck, Noel Carbajal, had worked for Scrivens for five years. Both men are Carbondale residents and were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital, although Scrivens’ employees who arrived at the scene just after the crash said their injuries did not seem serious, Scrivens said.”The best of what I can determine after talking to the other guys at the scene is that they thought [Ramirez and Carbajal] were OK, but then they were taken to the hospital,” he said. “I hope that means they weren’t really injured. I’m very concerned about the person in that other vehicle.”Scrivens said his employees were heading home from work when the accident occurred.Emergency workers from Aspen Ambulance, the Aspen Fire Department, the Basalt Fire Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com.]

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