Car crash in Basalt results in minor injury, traffic jam |

Car crash in Basalt results in minor injury, traffic jam

Staff report

A three-vehicle accident resulted in minor injuries and a big headache for commuters on Highway 82 on Tuesday morning.

Juan Lopez was driving upvalley near mile marker 22 when he rear-ended another vehicle in slow traffic, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Kimberly Jenkins. The car he hit then hit the car ahead of it, she said.

Lopez was cited for following another vehicle too closely, Jenkins said. Lopez suffered facial lacerations and was taken to a local hospital, she said. His age and place of residence weren’t immediately available from the state patrol. Jenkins said Lopez is “in his 30s” and was a midvalley resident, as were the other drivers.

A pregnant woman in one of the other vehicles was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but she didn’t suffer injuries, Jenkins said. Basalt Fire Department ambulances delivered both people to the hospital.

The vehicles were traveling in the left, eastbound lane, near the mini-storage complex on the outskirts of Basalt, a short distance from the Highway 82 intersection with Basalt Avenue. The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Traffic kept flowing in one lane, but that created a long line during the morning commute. Some drivers diverted into Basalt to try to find quicker travel, but Two Rivers Road became snarled as well.

The closed lane was reopened after about 90 minutes of investigation and cleanup, Jenkins said.