Morning drive proves icy, dicey in Basalt and midvalley
December 29, 2008
BASALT ” Icy conditions and lead-footed drivers were responsible for a couple of accidents and multiple fender-benders in Basalt and elsewhere in the midvalley Monday morning, authorities said.
The most severe accident was a head-on collision on Two Rivers Road shortly after 7 a.m. A Ford Ranger pickup driving downvalley lost control on Emma Curve about 1 mile west of Basalt, went into the eastbound lane and collided with a woman driving a Chevy HHR, according to Basalt Police Officer Penny Paxton. The woman had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Basalt fire department. She was treated and released at a local hospital, Paxton said.
The driver of the pickup was ticketed for careless driving causing bodily injury, Paxton said.
Another accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. when a westbound vehicle on Highway 82 couldn’t stop at a red light and slid into the east or upper intersection with Two Rivers Road. The car struck another vehicle which was turning onto Two Rivers Road from eastbound Highway 82, Paxton said. The driver of the westbound vehicle was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions, according to Paxton. There were no injuries in that crash, she said.
Basalt police, Eagle County deputies and the Colorado State Patrol responded to at least four other accidents in the midvalley Monday morning. Details weren’t available, but most of the other crashes were apparently fender-benders.
“People were just driving too fast for conditions,” Paxton said.
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The roads were coated with a glaze of ice in some stretches after some melting of the snowpack on Sunday and freezing temperatures Sunday night, she said. Drivers would travel too fast on clear stretches, then lose control when they encountered ice. Paxton urged everyone to slow down.