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A bad day for driving in Garfield County

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” While snow and icy roads affected driving, around 15 accidents were reported to the county dispatch center by early Monday evening.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority Executive Director Carl Stephens said there weren’t many accidents reported in the morning. Most of the reports were for accidents on Interstate 70 that started coming in around noon and continued through the afternoon.

“Surprisingly this morning we haven’t had very many,” Stephens said. “It looks like they started picking up around noon.”

As of 3:15 p.m., Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said there were no accidents in Glenwood Springs beyond possibly a couple of minor fender benders. Two people drove off Midland Avenue near Hager Lane late last week but weren’t injured.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesman couldn’t be immediately reached. Garfield County community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis said the Sheriff’s Office has no information about accidents that deputies respond to because the state patrol handles all the reports and accident investigations.

Stephens said the first accident of the day Monday was at 5:48 a.m. on Una Bridge and Wallace Creek Road west of Parachute. The next was two miles west of Rulison on Interstate 70 around 6:34 a.m. After that an accident was reported on I-70 near Coal Ridge High School around noon. Someone else reportedly crashed a few miles south of Glenwood Springs around 12:30 p.m. on Highway 82. More accidents were reported through the afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m., the latest two accidents reported were one west of Silt and another in New Castle.

Stephens said the dispatch center can’t offer information about how serious the accidents were. What’s reported to dispatch isn’t necessarily accurate. For example, someone could report an accident, but it could be one car that slid off the road without causing any damage or injuries.

The National Weather Service expected about an inch of snow accumulation in Glenwood Springs during the day Monday and another three to five inches by Tuesday. One to three inches of snow was expected today. A chance of snow is also expected every day through Friday.

Snow also hit hard last week, with Sunlight Mountain Resort reporting 38 inches of snow between the Saturday before last and midday Thursday.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121


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