Crash sends two men to hospital
Two Glenwood Springs men were transported to Valley View Hospital after an accident in West Glenwood Springs early Monday afternoon. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.The driver, Travis Johnson, 24, suffered moderate injuries including some lacerations on his legs, but was expected to be treated and released Monday, according to Colorado State Patrol Capt. Rich Duran. Both were wearing seat belts.
Stephen Inverso, a 25-year-old passenger, sustained no injuries but was checked at the hospital as a precaution.Johnson was arrested on charges of DUI, careless driving, no proof of insurance and driving without a valid license, Duran said. He estimated the truck was traveling around 45 to 50 mph in the 25 mph zone.According to Duran, the 2003 Ford pickup truck skidded out of control while attempting to make a left turn traveling down Mitchell Creek Road onto Donegan Road. The truck hit a trailer that was parked on the side of the road, continued through a yard, over a retaining wall and into a cluster of aspen trees. Some of those trees fell and hit a parked car, causing minor damage.
The two occupants were both pinned inside the vehicle for a short time until the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived and removed them from the truck, Duran said.The truck was painted with “GZO Sheet Metal and Roofing.” The owner of the Carbondale business, Tom Hegarty, said it was a very unfortunate situation. He said Johnson was an employee, but was not authorized to take the truck at the time.
Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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