Driver rushed to surgery after head-on crash in West Glenwood
A Jeep and a semi were in a head-on collision at about 11:35 a.m. Monday on U.S. 6 near the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge.
Glenwood Springs police and Glenwood Springs Fire Department responded, and crews had to cut open the SUV to retrieve a trapped male driver, said Fire Chief Gary Tillotson.
U.S. 6 was closed until about 2 p.m. when crews had the road cleared of the crashed vehicles.
The driver of the semi did not suffer any injuries, but the driver of the Jeep, a 38-year-old man, was transported to Valley View Hospital with multiple traumatic injuries and taken immediately into surgery, said Tillotson. Authorities said late Monday afternoon that he had been flown to Denver for further care.
A dog was also in the Jeep, but the fire chief said the animal was uninjured.
There was no early indication of how the crash occurred, other than that the SUV veered into the semi’s path for some reason. Tillotson said neither alcohol nor excessive speed was initially believed to be a factor.
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