Accidents abound on icy roadways |

Accidents abound on icy roadways

Tuesday’s all-day snowfall turned Aspen’s streets into ice rinks and led to scores of accidents in and around town.

Law enforcement issued an accident alert after a multivehicle wreck near Basalt snarled the evening commute, officers said.

Two people were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital after the accidents, most of which were minor. According to a hospital spokesman, one person remained under observation with minor injuries, and the other was treated and released.

Capt. Barry Bratt of the Colorado State Patrol said troopers had been busy all day responding to accidents on Highway 82.

“It’s my general opinion that weather is a contributing factor but accidents are driver-related,” Bratt said.

Glenn Schaffer, Aspen’s assistant police chief, said Tuesday was the department’s busiest day on the streets since an icy day last February, when 18 accidents were reported.

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