Girl hurt when driver runs red light
November 16, 2006
A 4-year-old girl was injured in a three-car accident in Basalt this morning when a driver failed to stop at a red light on Highway 82, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Francisca Olivas, 39, of Carbondale, was eastbound on the highway in a Toyota SUV when she failed to stop for a red light at the main signal at Basalt, according to Trooper Denny O’Leary.
A Honda sedan crossing the highway from the north side of Basalt Avenue was struck by Olivas’ SUV, O’Leary said. The impact threw Olivas’ car into a third vehicle, which was entering the highway from Basalt Avenue on the south side of the intersection.
The girl riding in the Honda sedan was injured in the crash and taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, according to O’Leary.
The accident occured at 7:30 a.m. The sun shines directly into the eyes of eastbound drivers at that time of the morning. It is unknown if that played a role in the crash.
Two ambulances, one fire engine and 11 rescue workers from the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene. “Several people” were checked at the scene and released, according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.
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Olivas was given a ticket for failure to stop at a traffic control device, O’Leary said. The occupants of all vehicles were wearing seatbelts or were in a child-restraint device, he reported.
Aspen-bound traffic was reduced to one lane and crawled through the intersection until about 9 a.m. Vehicles were backed up for about 1.5 miles at 8 a.m., spurring some impatient motorists to whip U-turns, backtrack to Two Rivers Road and drive through Basalt to avoid the congestion. That, of course, congested Basalt’s streets.
O’Leary said he had trouble reaching the scene once he encountered the traffic congestion because some motorists were driving on the shoulder.
The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.