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Eleven hurt in collision

Aspen Times Staff Report

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 82 in Basalt Wednesday evening sent both drivers and all nine passengers to two area hospitals, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Two people remained hospitalized Thursday. The other nine individuals involved in the collision were treated and released from either Aspen Valley Hospital or Valley View Hospital with minor injuries.

The accident occurred when Thomas Roellig of Cupertino, Calif. made a left-hand turn into oncoming traffic. His vehicle was struck by a downvalley-bound vehicle driven by Madeline Parker of Carbondale. According to Trooper Bart Trippel, Roellig made an illegal left turn at Basalt Avenue. He was approaching the intersection in an upvalley direction.

There were six passengers in Roellig’s Chevy Lumina and three passengers in Parker’s Subaru station wagon. Both vehicles are in a “nondrivable state,” Trippel said yesterday.

Roellig was cited for careless driving and causing bodily harm, according to State Patrol Capt. Fred Bitterman.

“Unfortunately, this is not an unusual occurrence this time of year,” Trippel said. “I think Roellig, who’s from California, was unfamiliar with the area and according to his statement, made a left turn at a green light, not a green arrow. This kind of accident can get pretty common around here, but in this case it involved a lot more passengers.”

Everyone in Parker’s vehicle was treated for bruises and abrasions at Aspen Valley Hospital and released.

Those in Roellig’s vehicle were admitted to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Roellig and four passengers were released with minor injuries. Two of Roellig’s passengers were admitted and were reported in stable condition Thursday.


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