Winter conditions trouble drivers in Garfield County
October 30, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Twenty-one vehicle crashes, mostly in Garfield County, kept the Glenwood Springs office of the Colorado State Patrol busy on Thursday. Patrol Capt. Rich Duran subsequently issued a plea to drivers to slow down for winter conditions.
Troopers responded to crashes in Eagle and Pitkin counties as well Thursday, but most of the mishaps occurred in the lower valley, including one in which a motorist collided with an ambulance that had been summoned to a crash scene.
A winter storm moved into Colorado Wednesday night and Thursday, giving motorists in the Roaring Fork Valley their first real taste of winter driving this season.
One vehicle crashed on Highway 82 Thursday morning between Carbondale and Basalt, according to the patrol, and Carbondale firefighters responded. While they were on the scene, another vehicle went out of control and hit the ambulance and another vehicle parked near it, according to the patrol. The westbound lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour as a result, though there were no series injuries.
Most of the day’s crashes were caused by people driving too fast for conditions, according to Duran. Last year, the Colorado State Patrol responded to 5,606 crashes and one out of every five of them were caused by motorists driving too fast for conditions, he reported in an e-mail.
Motorists should allow themselves extra time to reach their destination when weather conditions warrant it and should avoid driving in bad weather if possible, Duran advised. Also, he said, vehicles (tires, windshield wipers and headlights) should be kept in good winter-driving condition.