Three-vehicle collision at Shale Bluffs blocks highway |

Three-vehicle collision at Shale Bluffs blocks highway

Aspen Times Staff Report

One man sustained minor injuries in a three-car accident caused by a reckless driver Monday on the Shale Bluffs section of Highway 82 at 1 p.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol.

David Taylor of Basalt was headed downvalley in a BMW, when he attempted to pass a vehicle before entering the curve into Shale Bluffs, according to Trooper Sean O’Neil. After the pass, Taylor rear-ended a 1999 Ford Colorado Mountain Express passenger van driven by Cavalaro Hart of Glenwood Springs. The impact caused Hart’s van to spin out of control and strike the guard rail, O’Neil said. Then, an upvalley bound 1993 Ford van, driven by Elisa Gomez of Snowmass, hit Hart’s van, according to O’Neil. Hart had no passengers in his Mountain Express vehicle.

Hart was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Taylor was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor offense, O’Neil said. Hart and Gomez were not cited.

O’Neil said road conditions were not a factor in causing the accident.

The accident stopped both lanes of traffic for about 30 minutes.

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