Accident on 82 sends four to hospital |

Accident on 82 sends four to hospital

A Highway 82 accident near Blue Lake sent four people to area hospitals Tuesday.About 9:15 a.m., an eastbound 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Richard Tallman, 75, of Carbondale, drifted off of the left side of the highway, into the median, and into the westbound lanes, according to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol. Tallman’s vehicle sideswiped 1997 Toyota Tacoma driven by Bonnie Snyder of Carbondale. The impact caused Snyder’s truck to spin out of control and skid off the right side of the road. The truck rolled two and one-quarter times, ejecting Snyder through the driver’s door. Snyder’s truck pinned her to the ground, until Basalt EMS arrived. Snyder was not wearing a seat belt.After hitting Snyder’s truck, Tallman’s Land Cruiser continued in the westbound lanes, spinning into the path of a 2002 Audi station wagon, driven by Patrick Seurynck, 50, of Basalt. The Audi skidded for 150 feet before colliding head-on with the truck Both vehicles stopped in the entrance to the Dakota subdivision. Tallman was transported to Aspen Valley. Snyder was transported to Aspen Valley, where a helicopter later flew her to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Seurynck and his passenger (Joan Widifred Haggerty, 49, of Basalt) were both taken to Valley View Hospital for treatment. Haggerty was later transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. Injuries to all passengers are considered serious. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol.

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