Car plunges into Crystal, killing two |

Car plunges into Crystal, killing two

Two women were killed in a car accident on Highway 133 Sunday afternoon after the driver swerved to miss a deer and crashed into the Crystal River. Trooper Cody Abernathey of the Colorado State Patrol said police were called around 3:20 p.m. He said the Pitkin County coroner believes the women, who were not identified, had been in the water unnoticed for “a couple of hours.” They likely died instantly, he said.”It was on an area of road that was difficult to see [down into the river],” Abernathey said. He said a passing driver eventually glimpsed the wreckage, near mile marker 49, and contacted authorities. The victims were the only occupants, and neither was wearing a seat belt, Abernathey said. Both were ejected from the car, which skidded off the right side of the road and went down an embankment before rolling one and a half times. The bodies were found floating near a riverbank. A swift water rescue team was dispatched, as were Carbondale firefighters and sheriff’s deputies. The state patrol was investigating. The victims’ identities were being withheld pending notification of their families. “We’re having trouble finding out any information on the two women,” Abernathey said. Steve Benson’s e-mail address is

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