Icy Aspen streets force temporary RFTA shutdown
December 16, 2010
ASPEN – Blizzard-like conditions and icy roads Wednesday backed up westbound Main Street traffic during Aspen’s evening rush hour all the way to the Original curve, while the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority had to suspend upvalley service for more than an hour.
Police closed three blocks of Durant Avenue and one block of Monarch Street because the streets were too icy to navigate, said Greggory Cole, a patrol officer with the Aspen Police Department. Three to four buses got stuck on the closed streets, Cole said.
“It was very, very icy – not a good day to be driving,” Cole said.
RFTA resumed its service sometime after 6:30 p.m. During its suspended services, buses could not leave or arrive at Rubey Park, Aspen’s RFTA hub.
All told, there were 12 accidents as of 7:38 p.m. Wednesday, which included four hit-and-runs, all within Aspen city limits, Cole said. There were two injury accidents, including one at Maroon Creek Road near the high school. One person sustained moderate injuries in a two-car accident, he said.
The other accident, Cole said, happened in the evening when a pedestrian was struck by an automobile. The pedestrian was hospitalized with unknown injuries.
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Most of the accidents came in the early evening hours, Cole said.