Highway 82 in Basalt reopens after nearly 7-hour closure due to multiple vehicle crash

Staff reports

Highway 82 reopened in both directions Wednesday afternoon after a six-vehicle crash that caused numerous injuries, officials said just before 3 p.m. in an update.

The crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Jim Granger Lane on Highway 82, and Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said Wednesday afternoon that the crash involved six vehicles and in the morning he said at least four people have been transported to area hospitals.

A 6-year-old boy was flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Denver with serious injuries, Lewis said in a morning update. A 31-year-old woman also has been flown to a hospital with serious injuries, though it was not clear where, he said.

There were no updates as of 3 p.m. on the names or conditions of those injured in the crash, Lewis said.

In a tweet sent in from the Colorado Department of Transportation just past 10 a.m., the agency said the road could be close for up to another four hours.

The scene of the crash was downvalley of the highway’s intersection with Basalt Avenue.

According to a Colorado State Patrol official, the initial call came in at 7:57 a.m. for the crash near mile marker 22 on Highway 82.

This is a developing story that will be updated.