Deputy injuredin midvalleycar accident
A Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputy was injured when his patrol vehicle slammed into a steel light pole at the intersection of Highway 82 and upper Two Rivers Road on Saturday.Rescue workers from the Basalt Fire Department had to extricate Jeff Lumsden, 41, of Carbondale. He was in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver for treatment of several broken bones Sunday.Lumsden was driving a Chevy Tahoe downvalley on Highway 82 when he apparently fell asleep, swerved off the road and into the light pole, according to Basalt police Sgt. Joe Chavira.”There were no skid marks,” he said.No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened at about 4 p.m.Sheriff Bob Braudis spent several hours with Lumsden at Valley View Hospital before the deputy was airlifted to Denver. He said Lumsden was “very awake, very coherent” as the two talked.”His injuries are mostly skeletal,” Braudis said.Chavira said Lumsden was wearing a seat belt and that the airbag in the Tahoe deployed.”He’s been with me since the beginning,” said Braudis, noting Lumsden’s long tenure with the sheriff’s office since the 1980s. “He’s a wonderful deputy. I’m grateful he wasn’t injured more than he was. It could have been a lot worse.”Lumsden’s wife, Karen, works as an airline stewardess and reportedly was out of the country at the time.Chavira said his department is investigating the accident.John Colson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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