Accidents keeps area police, rescuers busy
Area police agencies were busy Friday dealing with two separate wrecks.Rescuers had to extricate a woman from her Jeep Cherokee after a truck heading upvalley broadsided an SUV on Colorado Highway 82 in Basalt. The accident caused the eastbound passing lane of the highway to close for about an hour.The other wreck, at the intersection of Redstone Boulevard and Colorado Highway 133, sent four Denver area motorcyclists to the hospital with serious injuries.At the Basalt accident, according to Basalt Police Sgt. Jose Chavira, Basalt resident Alice Granoff, 67, was pulling out from East Valley Road near the Midvalley Medical Center onto Highway 82 around 12:15 p.m., when the pickup truck Matthew Silas, 30, of Carbondale, was driving broadsided her.Chavira said that Silas suffered a broken arm from the accident, and Granoff had to be extricated from her red 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both Silas and Granoff were taken to Valley View Hospital, and Chavira said that while he was not certain about Granoff’s injuries they are believed to be serious but not life-threatening.He said Granoff is likely to receive a ticket, although he was unsure what the charges would be because the officer in charge of the investigation, George Dow, had not returned from the hospital as of 5 p.m. He said drugs and alcohol were not suspected as factors in the accident.In the Redstone crash, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Joe LeMoine said three motorcycles, each carrying a driver and a passenger, had driven over from the Denver area Friday morning, heading for the Redstone Inn for lunch and then on to spend the night in the Ouray area.LeMoine said it was about 1:50 p.m. when the lead bike was approaching Redstone from the north and seemed to have slowed suddenly to turn left into the village. The second bike in the line of three managed to swerve to the right and avoid a collision, LeMoine said, but the third bike hit the lead bike, sending both into a sliding crash.According to LeMoine, who would not release the names of those involved, the two drivers and their two passengers were taken to Valley View Hospital. The lead driver, LeMoine said suffered a broken arm and complained of pains in his chest and one leg, while his female passenger received a broken leg.The driver of the other motorcycle suffered cuts and bruises and mentioned pain in his legs, but was walking after the accident. His wife was riding on the back, and she suffered a broken hip and a broken leg, LeMoine said.The two bikes remained on the highway, LeMoine said, and were not badly damaged in the crash.