Midvalley accident snarls morning commute | AspenTimes.com

Midvalley accident snarls morning commute

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Bryce Halverson/Basalt Fire Department A Toyota Forerunner got mangled while rear-ending a Chevy Tahoe at the Old Snowmass Conoco on Wednesday morning. No one was seriously injured in the wreck.

OLD SNOWMASS ” Another week, another wreck on Highway 82.

For the second straight week a midvalley accident created a nightmare for morning commuters as well as headaches for the parties involved.

A Toyota Forerunner rear-ended a Chevy Tahoe on eastbound Highway 82 at the Old Snowmass stoplight, according to authorities. The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. and brought traffic to a standstill for a while. No extrication was required but a Basalt ambulance transported one party to an area hospital, according to Jerry Peetz, deputy chief of the Basalt Fire Department. The person’s injuries weren’t life threatening. Peetz said 15 volunteers responded to the accident to treat the victims and clear the debris.

Details about the accident weren’t available from the Colorado State Patrol. A witness said the impact was hard enough to knock the Tahoe through the intersection.

Authorities kept one eastbound lane open but the heavy volume of vehicles backed traffic to Holland Hills. Both lanes were open shortly after 9 a.m.

Last week morning traffic was snarled on Tuesday after a car hit a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus that was stopped on Highway 82. The bus driver got disoriented in a snowstorm while traveling west and drove into the eastbound lanes about 2 miles east of Basalt. A car collided with the bus and the car driver was injured.

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