Two injured in crash south of Carbondale |

Two injured in crash south of Carbondale

A three-vehicle collision on Highway 133 Monday left two drivers injured and a third cited for “careless driving causing bodily injury.”

The accident occurred about 12 miles south of Carbondale at 2:46 p.m. when Leo Watts, 65, of Delta, lost control of a 1978 Ford van he was driving northbound, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The van collided head-on with a 1998 Chevy Blazer driven by Ronald Provost, 65, of Marble, who was southbound.

“After impact, Watt’s vehicle spun counter-clockwise 3/4 time and became broadside in the southbound lane and collided with a third vehicle, a 1985 Subaru GL, which was also southbound, driven by Marion Lyons of Redstone,” according to a report by trooper Cody Abernathy.

All three vehicles were blocking the southbound lane, partially closing the highway for about one hour.

Provost was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and treated overnight for a broken ankle and bruises. Lyons, 78, was treated at Valley View overnight for a broken sternum and bruises.

Watts wasn’t injured. He told investigators that he came around a corner, found a bicyclist traveling in his lane, hit the brakes and swerved into the southbound lane, according to Abernathy.

Lyons didn’t see any cyclist, so there was no definitive way to conclude the accident’s cause, the trooper said. Therefore Watts received the careless driving charge, Abernathy said.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident. All three drivers were wearing seat belts. That may have helped them avoid more serious injuries.

In addition, Abernathy noted, the head-on collisions were off-center. “I was really surprised there weren’t more serious injuries myself,” he said.

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