Highway 82 at Basalt reopened following investigation of multiple vehicle crash | PostIndependent.com

Highway 82 at Basalt reopened following investigation of multiple vehicle crash

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Highway 82 in Basalt that closed the road in both directions. Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times

UPDATE 2:53 p.m. — State Highway 82 at Basalt has been reopened in both directions, after a lengthy closure while a multiple-vehicle, serious-injury crash was being investigated.

According to Pitkin County officials, the crash occurred near Jim Granger Lane on Highway 82 a little before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Trooper Josh Lewis, CSP spokesman, said at about 10:15 a.m. that the crash involved at least four vehicles, and at least four people have been transported to area hospitals.

A 6-year-old boy has been flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Denver with serious injuries, Lewis said. A 31-year-old woman also has been flown to a hospital with serious injuries, though it was not clear where, he said.

In a tweet sent in from the Colorado Department of Transportation just past 10 a.m., the agency said the road could be close for up to another four hours.

The scene of the crash is downvalley of the highway’s intersection with Basalt Avenue.

According to a Colorado State Patrol official, the initial call came in at 7:57 a.m. for the crash near mile marker 22 on Highway 82. The CSP official did not have an update on the number or severity of the injuries but said there were two to six vehicles involved.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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