Highway 82 collision backs up traffic
A two-vehicle accident snarled traffic on Colorado Highway 82 south of Glenwood Springs Wednesday morning. According to a statement from the Colorado State Patrol, a Ford van and a Jeep Cherokee collided at milepost 4 at about 6:30 a.m., when the van attempted to cross Highway 82 from Red Canyon Road and enter the parking lot of Holy Cross Energy. The van, driven by Sterling Jones, 18, of Glenwood Springs, pulled out in front of the northbound Jeep, which struck the left side of the van. The Jeep, driven by José Miguel Acosta, 19, of Basalt, spun out, and stopped in the left turn lane of the southbound Highway 82. The van slid off the roadway and into the ditch near the Holy Cross driveway. There were no passengers in either vehicle. An ambulance examined both drivers and released them at the scene. Police cited Jones for failure to yield to approaching traffic, and Acosta was cited for not having a valid driver’s license. Highway 82 was temporarily closed in both directions, including an intermittent closure of the southbound lanes. The highway fully reopened at 8 a.m. after traffic had backed up into Glenwood Springs.
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