Basalt man dies in Highway 133 rollover crash
A 52-year-old Basalt man died Thursday after he was ejected from his vehicle during a rollover crash on Highway 133, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The man’s name is being held pending notification of his family.
The accident happened at approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, when a black 2002 Ford Ranger southbound on Highway 133 near milepost 61 drove off the right side of the road. The vehicle then corrected back onto the road and corrected once again off the road. It then overturned one and three-quarter times, and the driver was ejected, the State Patrol said.
The victim did not appear to be wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead on scene. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor, as the crash is still under investigation, according to the State Patrol.
Southbound Highway 133 was closed at the crash location for three and a half hours, but traffic was controlled and flowed in both directions in the northbound lane.
The Carbondale Fire Department, the Carbondale Ambulance Service, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene with the State Patrol.
The 24-year-old progressed from 49th in the 2019 GS ranking to 28th in 2021 and 15th last year. His two early-season sixth-place marks were a prelude to his breakthrough fourth-place finish in Beijing, where he just missed the podium.