Cop says Basalt car accident could have been worse |

Cop says Basalt car accident could have been worse

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – A Carbondale man and his passenger were lucky to walk away relatively unscathed Saturday night when their vehicle went out of control across traffic on Highway 82, smacked some rocks, went airborne and then cartwheeled before landing on its top, according to a Basalt police officer.

Jubencio “Alex” Montano, 19, was driving a 1984 Ford Bronco east, or upvalley, about 7 p.m. when he lost control less than a mile east of the east entrance of Two Rivers Road, according to Basalt Police Sgt. Stu Curry.

Montano’s Bronco crossed both westbound, or downvalley, traffic lanes at a time when no vehicles were approaching. He went into the ditch in the vicinity of Arbaney Ranch Road, an entrance to the Roaring Fork Club, Curry said.

“He hits some rocks and goes airborne,” Curry said. The car cartwheeled along a fence and wiped it out. The vehicle also rolled and came to rest on its roof 140 feet from where it left the road.

Montano and his passenger were wearing seatbelts. The vehicle was too old to have airbags. Montano suffered a cut to the back of his head. His female passenger was unharmed. Montano’s cut was cared for at the after-hours medical clinic on the Basalt Bypass.

A dog riding in the vehicle got quite a scare.

“The dog somehow got ejected,” Curry said. Family members of the driver came and searched for the pet in the Holland Hills area for three hours without luck. Curry said it turns out a resident found the scared and wandering dog and took it to nearby Alpine Meadows kennel. The dog, which suffered cuts, and its family were reunited eventually.

Curry said no ticket was issued to Montano.

Emergency responders from the Basalt Fire Department helped with the cleanup and evaluated the passengers but didn’t transport any patients by ambulance.

Following are other Basalt Fire Department calls the week of Feb. 7 through 12:

• Feb. 7 at 10:41 a.m. – Responded to a medical call on Midland Avenue in Basalt for a person complaining of shortness of breath. Patient was transported to the hospital.

• Feb. 7 at 4:10 p.m. – Responded to a medical call on Lower River Road for a reported unresponsive person. Patient was transported to the hospital.

• Feb. 7 at 6:54 p.m. – Responded to a medical call in Elk Run in Basalt for a person complaining of chest pain. Patient was transported to the hospital.

• Feb. 9 at 7 a.m. – Responded to a one-vehicle traffic accident at 22000 Highway 82. One person was found unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was initiated, and breathing was restored. The patient was transported to the hospital. The patient was pronounced dead at Valley View Hospital. The Colorado State Patrol reported a doctor found the cause of death to be a heart attack.

• Feb. 10 at 6:09 p.m. – Responded to a medical call in El Jebel for a person complaining of back pain. Patient was evaluated and released.

• Feb. 11 at 5:33 p.m. – Responded to 555 Gold Rivers Court in Basalt for a fire-alarm pull-station activation. No fire was found, and it was deemed a false alarm.

• Feb. 12 at 4:19 p.m. – Responded to a medical assist in Basalt for a person who had fallen and couldn’t get up.

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