Crane will lift van off rock at Colorado Monument |

Crane will lift van off rock at Colorado Monument

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” Colorado National Monument officials planned to use a crane to remove a van teetering on a rock outcropping at the Western Colorado landmark.

The 260-ton crane was expected to pluck the van off the rock Thursday.

Authorities say 34-year-old Daniel John Lyons of Clifton drove the van about 120 feet off Rim Rock Drive in an apparent suicide attempt Jan. 21. He called 911 when the van got hung up on the rock.

It took two hours for emergency crews to stabilize the van and rescue Lyons. He was taken to a hospital, then released Saturday and booked into jail on suspicion of felonies including sexual assault on a child.

Rim Rock Drive from the DS Road turnoff to 16 1/2 Road was to be closed until the crane leaves the park in the late afternoon.

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