Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs sees three accidents on Monday
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Three accidents including one head-on collision temporarily blocked traffic on Midland Avenue Monday morning.
“I think we just had one of those weird days,” said Police Chief Terry Wilson, adding that there was no bad weather contributing to the crashes.
At 7:44 a.m. an eastbound Nissan Titan pickup rear-ended a BMW X5 sport-utility vehicle near the traffic light at the Glenwood Meadows Mall, causing “a pretty good amount of damage” to both vehicles, said Police Chief Terry Wilson. The driver of the Nissan, Loren Fletcher, 31, of Grand Junction, was cited with careless driving.
While police were still at the scene, a similar rear-end accident nearby occurred about 10 minutes later. Also traveling eastbound, a Ford F-250 hit a Chevrolet pickup truck, Wilson said.
The driver was not cited. Wilson said there appeared to be “very minor damage” and lower speeds in this accident. No one was significantly injured in either accident, and neither blocked traffic for more than 10 or 15 minutes.
Around 10:11 a.m., the driver of a 2001 Audi sedan fell asleep at the wheel and crashed head-on into a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee on the 1500 block of Midland Avenue, Wilson said. The accident blocked traffic for close to an hour.
The driver, Madelyn Rogerson, 21, was transported to the hospital and cited with careless driving. Wilson said police believed she would be fine but wanted her to get checked out as a precaution.
Over the weekend, the new traffic light by the Sunlight Bridge at 27th Street and south Grand Avenue saw its first two accidents. Wilson said one was a typical rear-end type accident while another was a hit-and-run. A driver struck a vehicle and took off, Wilson said, but information from witnesses led police to the suspect vehicle and police are looking in to who was driving it.
Wilson joked about the irony of the three Midland Avenue accidents occurring the same day a local newspaper article appeared about traffic calming efforts on the street. The city recently installed four solar-powered speed display signs. They flash drivers’ speeds back at them and can flash red and blue lights similar to those on police cars. More traffic calming features like speed tables and raised pedestrian crossings are planned for construction.
Wilson said it’s too soon to tell exactly what effect the signs are having but the signs do seem to be helping.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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