Highway 82 traffic diverted after truck hits power pole
December 21, 2009
OLD SNOWMASS – Highway 82 was closed near Old Snowmass for more than one hour Monday after an accident made a power pole unstable, authorities said.
A flatbed tow truck jumped a guardrail and hit the power pole about one-half mile upvalley from the Old Snowmass Conoco, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck was eastbound at the time. Firefighters and Pitkin County deputy sheriffs decided the road needed to be closed due to the threat of the pole and power line falling onto the highway.
The accident occurred at about 1:25 p.m. No one was injured, according to Basalt Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Peetz.
A crew from Holy Cross Energy stabilized the pole. “They’ve got a boom truck holding it up,” Peetz said.
Traffic was diverted onto Lower River Road. The westbound or downvalley lanes were reopened at about 2:35 p.m. One lane of the eastbound or upvalley traffic was opened at 2:50 p.m. One lane will remain closed until the pole is replaced.
Greg Beightel, 55, of Glenwood Springs, who was driving the tow truck for Glenwood Shell, was ticketed for careless driving, the state patrol said.