Sunday crash on Highway 82 seriously injures woman, 87
A two-vehicle crash on Highway 82 near the CMC turnoff Sunday afternoon sent five people to the hospital and diverted traffic onto the nearby frontage road for about an hour and a half.
The wreck occurred about 2:20 p.m. on westbound 82 at mile marker 7, about a quarter mile south of the main Highway 82/Garfield County roads 114/154 intersection.
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District crews responded to find two vehicles involved in a T-bone accident in the westbound lanes, with a party trapped in a vehicle.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, Joanne Clements, 87, of New Castle was entering Highway 82 from the frontage road and failed to yield, when her 2013 Subaru was struck by a westbound 2016 Dodge pickup driven by Jose Salais, 18, of Carbondale.
“(Clements) had to be extricated from the vehicle,” according to a fire district press release. Five patients, including three passengers in Salais’ vehicle, all males, two ages 18 and one 20, were transported to Valley View Hospital.
Clements suffered serious injuries and was reportedly later taken to a Grand Junction hospital. A report on her condition was not available Monday, State Patrol Trooper and PIO Josh Lewis said.
The others involved in the accident all sustained minor injuries, he said.
Traffic was diverted onto the frontage road, and the westbound lanes reopened Sunday about 4 p.m.
“This is a major accident on a main thoroughfare,” said Carbondale Fire Chief Rob Goodwin. “We are fortunate that there were only two vehicles involved. There is a lot of traffic on the roads this weekend and we want to encourage everyone to drive carefully.”
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District responded to the wreck with 12 personnel, three ambulances and two fire engines. Glenwood Springs Fire Department also responded with an ambulance and two personnel.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol also responded.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated and revised from the original version to include the names of the drivers of the two vehicles, and to correct the number of people involved.
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