Citations issued in stoplight crash, minor injuries for driver
A 45-year-old Rifle man was cited for driving under the influence and careless driving after his pickup struck a traffic light on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The man, who was the sole occupant of the Gould Construction truck, was taken to Valley View Hospital for what police described as minor injuries. The light at the corner of 14th Street and Grand, along with the attached electrical box, was sheared off.
“We’ve had people hit traffic lights before, but I can’t recall any recent incidents where we had a driver actually knock it down into the lane,” said Glenwood Springs Fire Department Lt. Jesse Hood.
As crews worked to secure the scene, eastbound traffic backed up to Interstate 70, but was running smoothly again by 9 a.m.
“We didn’t really need that at morning rush hour,” noted Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau.
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The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on setting up temporary lights at the intersection until a permanent replacement can be installed.
“We would like to apologize to the traveling public for the inconvenience caused by the accident,” said Mark Gould, president of Gould Construction. “We are grateful that no one from the public was injured.”
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