GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A two vehicle crash on Highway 82 about three miles south of town sent one man to the hospital Wednesday morning, and jammed commuter traffic into one lane for more than an hour and a half.
The accident happened at about 9:15 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 82 and County Road 154 (the Westbank turn), causing Garfield County deputies to close down the inside left lane of traffic heading toward Glenwood Springs, routing all westbound traffic into the righthand lane.
According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Bonnie Collins, the only serious injuries suffered in the accident were by Gregario Martinez, 49, of Glenwood Springs, who was heading upvalley on the highway when his 1991 Toyota Forerunner collided with a 2006 Subaru Legacy that was turning left onto the highway from County Road 154 (part of Old Highway 82 at the Westbank turn).
Martinez was taken by ambulance to Valley View Hospital with serious but “not life-threatening injuries,” said Trooper Collins, who was the lead investigator for the accident.
She said Martinez was issued a ticket for disregarding the traffic light at the intersection.
The two women in the other vehicle, both from Glenwood Springs, were not injured, Collins reported.
“Everybody was buckled in,” Collins said with a note of relief. “I’m just glad there were not more serious injuries.”
Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected to be factors in the accident, she said.