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An Aspen man was in critical condition Sunday after he was found face down in the middle of Maroon Creek Road.

James Morris, 56, was bicycling down the road when he either swerved or hit a deer, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release. Morris was thrown from the bike, which traveled nearly 20 feet farther down the road.



Morris, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital.

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Search and rescue crews from Summit County, Vail and Denver converged on Quandary Peak Sunday afternoon to rescue an injured hiker from near the summit of the 14,255-foot mountain.




The victim is described as a 65-year-old male who lives near the base of Quandary. He suffered shoulder and rib injuries and a suspected broken leg in a fall from near the summit down a south-facing gully in mixed rock and snow conditions, according to Dan Burnett of the Summit County Rescue Group.

Burnett said about 20 to 25 rescue workers were on the mountain by 6 p.m. Sunday, and he expected the effort to continue at least through midnight, possibly longer. The injured hiker was with a partner, and rescue workers had been able to stay in contact with the man via a “talk-about” radio.

Both men are experienced hikers with plenty of big-mountain summit experience, according to Burnett, who said they had the needed emergency gear to make sure they could stay warm until help arrived.

Burnett said the rescue effort was slowed by weather.

“We were pinned down twice by lighting. And it started snowing so hard you couldn’t see 6 feet,” Burnett said. Snow conditions were tricky with avalanche hazards suspected in wet, rotten snow, he added.

The intersection of Baltic Avenue and 100 Street in the Aspen Business Center is closed to traffic through Wednesday for reconstruction. Access is available, however, to all area businesses.

Also, one lane of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Canyon, east of the Hanging Lake tunnel, will be closed through early June for expansion joint replacement. The speed limit has also been reduced to 35 mph through the work zone, and a width restriction is in place.


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