Slick roads cause several accidents |

Slick roads cause several accidents

John Colson

Two related car wrecks in Snowmass Canyon Wednesday morning caused no serious injuries but left one car without a driver’s-side door and backed traffic up for miles.

The resulting traffic jam blocked the highway for an hour and sent vehicles onto various county side roads, where several other accidents occurred, also without serious injury.

“Everyone walked away, amazingly enough,” said Colorado State Trooper Brett Williams.

The first accident happened at 6:20 a.m., about a mile east of the Old Snowmass Conoco gas station, when a van driven by Marian Melville, 71, of Aspen, veered across the highway into oncoming traffic and hit a car driven by Argel Cruz, 20, of Glenwood Springs.

Melville’s van sideswiped Cruz’s and tore off much of the driver’s side of the body, but Cruz was uninjured, Williams said.

Moments later a car being driven upvalley by David Slack, 25, of New Castle, was slowing down to avoid running into the accident scene when he was hit from the rear by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl in a BMW.

Once again, neither driver was seriously injured.

Williams said that, as traffic backed up, cars began detouring onto Snowmass Creek Road and Watson Divide, where a two-car wreck and a one-car rollover were reported.

Melville and the 17-year-old were each issued tickets, Melville for failing to keep to her own lane and the young girl for following too closely.

Also reported was a one-car rollover on Woody Creek Road, again with no injuries.

And a tow truck, responding to the initial accident, slid on the slippery road surface of the highway as the driver maneuvered around the stopped traffic, causing minor damages. No ticket was issued to the tow-truck driver, Williams said.

Eastbound traffic was backed up past the Holland Hills area at one point, according to reports.

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