Arizona driver adds to havoc in Glenwood Canyon collisions
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – An Arizona motorist skidding on a slick roadway in Glenwood Canyon Thursday struck a sheriff’s deputy and another motorist who were on foot dealing with two multi-vehicle accidents that had occurred minutes earlier.
A state trooper who was standing on the step of a semi truck involved in the earlier accidents, talking to the truck driver, suffered a minor injury when the Arizona man’s vehicle collided with the truck trailer.
The Garfield County sheriff’s deputy, who was not named, was treated and released at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The other motorist, Colby Armstrong, 59, of Denver, was taken to Valley View with moderate to severe injuries, according to a report released later Thursday by Captain Richard Duran of the Colorado State Patrol.
The back-to-back accidents caused the closure of westbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon for two and a half hours, from 11:18 a.m. until 1:53 p.m., as a heavy snowstorm swept through the area.
The first multi-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. at milepost 121, five miles east of Glenwood Springs. The State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation arrived on scene by 11:14 a.m.
They found three vehicles involved in one crash blocking the left lane. Meanwhile, two semi-trucks blocking the right shoulder and a white pickup truck blocking the right lane had collided in a separate crash.
Armstrong, the driver of the pickup, was standing on the road trying to slow down oncoming vehicles. Moments after the trooper and sheriff’s deputy arrived and stepped out of their vehicles, a 2008 Honda came upon the scene and skidded out of control, striking Armstrong in the roadway, the deputy standing in the right shoulder of the road, and finally the trailer of one of the semi trucks, Duran reported
The driver, Dorian Scrina, 23, of Prescott, Ariz., was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured, Duran reported. The state patrol ticketed him for careless driving.
The driver for one of the semi-trucks, Sheryl Kennedy, 62, of Denver was also taken to Valley View Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The Glenwood Springs Fire Department assisted with emergency medical services for those injured, and the Glenwood Springs Police Department assisted with the closure of I-70.
The Colorado State Patrol reminds all motorists to be aware ever changing road and weather conditions.
“Please use extreme caution when conditions are changing, especially in canyons such as South Canyon and Glenwood Canyon,” Duran said.
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