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82 traffic slowed by 3-car wreck

Staff Report

A Rifle woman was injured Thursday after her vehicle struck a deer, resulting in a three-car accident that slowed down Highway 82 during the early-morning commute.

The accident occurred around 6:30 a.m. Thursday when a 1997 Dodge truck driven by Helen Hawkins, 55, was eastbound in the left lane and hit the animal. The truck came to a stop, blocking the lane.

An eastbound 1992 Dodge sedan being driven by Oscar Crispin Ramirez, 26, of Glenwood, slowed to avoid Hawkins’ vehicle and was rear-ended by a 1998 Dodge truck driven by Julian Huerta Gonzalez, 29, of New Castle, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Ramirez’s vehicle was forced into the right lane and came to rest blocking the lane, while Gonzalez’s vehicle hit Hawkins’ truck, injuring Hawkins, according to the State Patrol.

Hawkins was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with possible neck injuries. Gonzalez and Ramirez were not injured. All of the drivers were wearing seat belts.

Gonzalez was charged with careless driving causing injury.

Highway 82 eastbound traffic was restricted to one lane for about an hour after the crash.

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