One dead, two injured in Highway 82 crash near Holland Hills |

One dead, two injured in Highway 82 crash near Holland Hills

Staff reports
Highway 82 was closed Friday afternoon because of a serious accident near Holland Hills, which is upvalley from Basalt.
Samantha Johnston / The Aspen Times

One person was killed and two others seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday on Highway 82 near Holland Hills, authorities said.

The name of the deceased and the injured parties were not immediately released and relatives of the deceased had yet to be notified as of 5:30 p.m., said a spokesman with the Colorado State Patrol. 

Terry Cox, a division chief with Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, said there was one fatality in “what appeared to be a T-bone accident.” There were three people total involved in the accident. One person was taken in critical condition to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Another patient was taken in urgent condition to Aspen Valley Hospital, then airlifted to Valley View, according to Cox.

The Colorado State Patrol received a call about the crash at 12:49 p.m., said public information officer Sgt. Blake White, noting that a silver Lexus pulling out of Bishop Lane was struck by a Subaru that was westbound, or headed downvalley. The driver of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene and the sole passenger was hospitalized in Glenwood Springs. 

“We’re not suspecting speed or alcohol as factors at this point,” he said. 

Highway 82 lanes in both directions had re-opened to traffic by 4:48 p.m., according to a Pitkin County alert.

Previously, Highway 82 was closed in the eastbound (upvalley) lane and one lane westbound was open due to accident investigation near Holland Hills, which is just upvalley from Basalt.

Photos submitted from the scene show a T-bone crash, with one SUV resting in the eastbound lanes and the driver’s side smashed in and the other vehicle stopped in the downvalley lanes with its front end smashed. Airbags were deployed in the SUV.


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