Deputy in fair condition after crash |

Deputy in fair condition after crash

A Pitkin County deputy sheriff badly injured in a car crash on Highway 82 over the weekend is listed in “fair” condition at a Denver hospital.

Jeff Lumsden, 51, suffered several bones broken when his patrol car, a Chevy Tahoe SUV, slammed into a light pole at the intersection of Highway 82 and upper Two Rivers Road on the east side of Basalt.

The accident happened at around 4 p.m. on July 9. Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda confirmed Monday that neither alcohol nor drugs is considered a factor in the crash. Lumsden was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and his vehicle’s air bag was deployed.

Lumsden, who had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue workers from the Basalt Fire Department, was taken to Valley View Hospital and later airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, where he remains.

The case remains under investigation by the Basalt Police Department.

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