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Another canyon crash in Snowmass CanyonSix vehicles crashed Monday at a common accident site where downvalley-bound traffic first enters Snowmass Canyon. The wreck happened about 4 p.m., and officials at the scene reported road conditions were icy after it became shady and water from melting snow froze.No injuries were reported. Details of the crash weren’t immediately available from the Colorado State Patrol. Traffic downvalley was reduced to one lane for about one hour.The site – at mile marker 30, just downvalley from Gerbazdale – has been notorious for multivehicle crashes. Authorities say speed is often a contributing factor. Vehicles round a curve, encounter an accident and cannot stop in time.Two cars plowed into a Pitkin County sheriff deputy’s patrol car while he was investigating an accident last month. A Basalt police car at the scene of a crash was hit in a separate incident Jan. 28.The Colorado Department of Transportation is examining the area.Crashes at that site have been so common this year that a police dispatcher labeled it “the usual spot” when alerting police and ambulance crews to the latest incident.Gubernatorial candidate makes El Jebel stopColoradan Bill Ritter, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, will make a local stop on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Eagle County Building in El Jebel.The public can come and discuss issues they feel are important.Ritter has worked as Denver’s district attorney and as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. And he managed a nutrition center in Zambia for children suffering from malnutrition, according to the Eagle County Democrats – the group sponsoring his visit.The Eagle County Building is at 0020 Eagle County Drive, off Highway 82 at the El Jebel traffic light (across from Wendy’s). For more information, call 963-9852.Snowboarder faces charge of negligent homicideJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – A teenage snowboarder has been charged with negligent homicide in a fatal collision with a skier at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort a year ago.Greg Doda, 17, of Crownsville, Md., ran into Heather Donahue, 29, of Shrewsbury, Mass., in the Laramie Bowl last February, according to court documents.”The impact knocked Donahue out of her gloves, skis, poles, hat, goggles, neck warmer and catapulted her 25 feet down the hill,” sheriff’s investigator Mike Carlson said.Carlson said Doda, who was 16 at the time, was going 35-60 mph when he struck Donahue. Though Doda was wearing a helmet, Donahue was not and died of a head injury.He said investigators were able to review a video of the collision.


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