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Police: Alcohol involved in wreck

John Colson

Drugs, alcohol and excessive speeds played a part in a three-car pileup that injured two motorists Thursday on Highway 82, Colorado State Patrol investigators believe.Rescuers had to extricate both Amanda Wright, 25, of New Castle, and Derek Johnston, 36, of Basalt, after the crash near the Blue Lake subdivision in El Jebel at 5:20 p.m., according to the State Patrol.Wright was discharged Friday morning after an overnight stay at Aspen Valley Hospital, according to AVH spokeswoman Ginny Dyche.Johnston was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. He was listed in stable condition Friday afternoon.While the investigation continues, a State Patrol news release issued Friday said, “Excessive speed for the road conditions, and drugs and alcohol are suspected as contributing factors in this crash.”The patrol has released no information regarding which driver, or drivers, are suspected of causing the accident, and evidently no tickets were issued at the scene.Wright reportedly lost control of her 2001 Jeep Cherokee while driving west near Blue Lake.Wright’s Jeep went across the median and slammed into Johnston’s a 1998 Subaru Forester, the State Patrol reported.Johnston’s Subaru then collided with a 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by Troy Stiles, 36, of Snowmass Village. Stiles was not injured.Wright’s Jeep continued across the eastbound lanes and crashed into a fence on the southern side of the road. Both of the other vehicles involved remained in the eastbound lanes, prompting troopers to close that stretch of highway for about three hours. The westbound lanes also were closed for a little more than an hour.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com


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