Grand Ave. accident sends two to hospital |

Grand Ave. accident sends two to hospital

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A traffic accident on Grand Avenue Wednesday morning sent two women to the hospital, leaving traffic snarled during the early-morning commute.

At 6:59 a.m., Caitlin Breed, 20, of Carbondale, was driving a pickup truck north on Grand Avenue past Alpine Bank. A Jeep Cherokee driven by Maria de los Angeles-Chavez, 23, of Glenwood Springs, pulled out from 22nd Street – the street between the Bradley gas station and the bank – and into the path of the oncoming truck, according to police reports.

The Jeep was t-boned on the driver’s-side door.

The northbound pickup truck was traveling at around 35 to 40 mph, police estimated.

The Glenwood Springs ambulance crew had to cut de los Angeles-Chavez and her passenger out of the Jeep.

“They were both pretty well smashed in,” Wilson said of the two vehicles.

De los Angeles-Chavez was deemed by police to be at fault in the accident.

The two vehicles came to rest in the southbound lane of Grand Avenue, slowing traffic for about an hour and completely stopping it for a short time while tow trucks removed the wreckage.

“It was backed up pretty bad. It was one-laned back to 19th Street,” Wilson said.

De los Angeles-Chavez and her passenger, Antonia Mendoza, 47, of Glenwood Springs, were transported to Valley View Hospital with unspecified injuries.

Hospital officials did not return calls Thursday, so the women’s conditions are not known.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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