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A South Carolina man was killed late Saturday in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 82 outside of Aspen, according to the Colorado State Patrol.William C. Loflin, 31, of Rock Hill, S.C., was traveling west on the highway when the Jeep Wrangler he was driving went into the median as it rounded a curve near the entrance to Wildcat Ranch. The vehicle began to overturn as it returned to the highway lanes, ejecting Loflin, who was not wearing a seat belt, according to the patrol.The vehicle came to rest blocking the right lane of the highway after rolling several times. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol said.The accident occurred at about 11:52 p.m., closing the westbound lanes of the highway. Traffic was rerouted onto Smith Hill Road, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Some 80 minutes later, one westbound lane of the highway was reopened. Both lanes were open by 3:36 a.m. Sunday, according to an e-mail alert.Alcohol and excessive speed are under investigation as factors in the accident, according to the patrol.Along with the state patrol and the sheriff’s office, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Aspen Volunteer Fire Department and D&D Towing responded to the scene.

As the summer is ending and fall is upon us, the Colorado State Patrol is experiencing a high call volume of illegally parked vehicles in the Glenwood Canyon rest areas. CSP has encountered vehicles parked in front of no parking signs, vehicles parked partially in the road, vehicles parked partially in the road and in front of no parking signs and vehicles parked almost fully in the road. Citations are being issued to the registered owners of these illegally parked vehicles. The possibility of a vehicle being towed is high, if a vehicle is deemed a hazard or obstruction to traffic. CDOT has taken and will continue to take steps to inform people of full parking lots. CDOT is also taking steps to help people avoid getting a citation, by placing message boards with messages about parking lots being full and by placing cones or other barriers to attempt to stop people from parking illegally. Due to the nature of the design of the Glenwood Canyon, there is limited parking available and limited area for CDOT to place parking lots. CSP would like to thank those people that park legally and for helping in the keeping congestion limited in the areas unique such as Glenwood Canyon.


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