Two injured in Castle Creek rollover | AspenTimes.com

Two injured in Castle Creek rollover

John Colson

A rollover accident Tuesday sent two people to the hospital after their vehicle apparently missed a turn six miles up Castle Creek Road from the Highway 82 roundabout.The passenger of the vehicle, an unidentified woman, had to be extricated by rescue workers, said Pitkin County Patrol Director Joe Bauer. The driver, a man who also is unidentified, climbed out of the wrecked vehicle on his own and was found near the scene of the accident, which happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. about a mile above the Conundrum Creek Road turnoff. Both individuals were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.Attempts to reach the Colorado State Patrol trooper who is responsible for releasing information to the public were not successful. Aspen Valley Hospital personnel would not release the names of the victims nor detailed information about their condition as of press time.Bauer, who declined to give specific information about the accident because it is under investigation by the state patrol, said there were indications the vehicle was speeding and that alcohol was a factor in the wreck.Bauer lauded the help of a passerby, Rodney Einhorn, who Bauer said tried to calm the trapped young woman in the passenger seat and who prevented the male driver from walking away from the scene of the accident.”It’s nice when people stop to help, especially in remote locations where it takes us a little while to get there,” Bauer said.Emergency personnel in the upper Roaring Fork Valley were kept unusually busy Tuesday morning with car wrecks, fender benders and ambulance calls. But the other wrecks on Tuesday morning were “minor fender benders” that involved no injuries and no arrests, according to Community Safety Officer Rick Magnuson.Local ambulance crews were called out to three incidents, in addition to the accident on Castle Creek Road, to transport individuals needing immediate medical attention.”It’s been busy, unbelievably busy,” Bauer said.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com

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