Two midvalley accidents, 5 vehicles, 1 lucky driver |

Two midvalley accidents, 5 vehicles, 1 lucky driver

Staff report
Emergency personnel from Basalt responded Wednesday to a collision between a construction truck and a Subaru passenger vehicle at Highway 82 and Original Road. The truck rolled onto its side. No one was injured.
Richard Cornelius/Basalt Fire Department |

Two accidents at separate intersections along Highway 82 in the midvalley closed lanes and sent one person to a local hospital, according to emergency responders.

A construction vehicle heading downvalley ran a red light at Highway 82 and Original Road and was unable to avoid a Subaru passenger car that was merging onto the highway, according to the Basalt police report.

The driver of the construction vehicle slammed on his breaks and swerved but collided with the rear left driver’s side of the Subaru, the report said. The construction vehicle ended up rolling onto the driver’s side.

The Subaru driver saw the truck coming at her and sped up to try to avoid the collision, the report said.

The construction vehicle driver, William Weist, 37, of Rifle, was cited for disobeying a red traffic-control signal, the report said. The Subaru suffered extensive damage to the driver’s side, as did the construction vehicle.

Both drivers were able to self-extricate themselves, according to Richard Cornelius, division chief with the Basalt Fire Department. Both were the sole occupants of their vehicles. Medical personnel evaluated the drivers at the scene but neither was transported to a hospital.

“We actually got really lucky there,” Cornelius said.

Both downvalley lanes of the highway were blocked but traffic was able to slip by. Both vehicles were towed away.

The second accident occurred on Highway 82 near the intersection with El Jebel Road. Three vehicles collided in a rear-end, chain reaction in a downvalley lane while traffic was slowing in front of the bus station in that vicinity. One person was transported with non-threatening injuries to a hospital by a Basalt ambulance, Cornelius said. Two vehicles were towed. One lane was closed for a short time.