Small car takes big drop off Red Canyon Road |

Small car takes big drop off Red Canyon Road

Jack Reyering

For the second time in less than a year, a vehicle has fallen off a cliff along Red Canyon Road south of Glenwood Springs.

At approximately 3:48 p.m. Thursday, rescue crews received a call from a passerby that a 2014 Chevy Sonic had fallen off the road. About one mile up the road from Colorado 82, the car took a 100-foot vertical plunge off of the one-lane road.

Authorities were on the scene 13 minutes later.

According to Glenwood Springs Fire Department Battalion Chief Harlan Nimmo, the driver was able to crawl back up to the road, and he was taken to the hospital. The male driver was reported to have multiple injuries, but their severity was not known.

According to Nimmo, it is not uncommon for cars to end up at the bottom of the drop-off. The Chevy Sonic in this crash landed just next to the spot where another vehicle fell in October.

“In my 12 years working here, there have been as many as five cars down there at one time,” Nimmo said. “Now, not all of them are accidents. Sometimes people abandon stolen cars down there. I believe there are two or three cars along the road right now.”

Nimmo says that because of abandoned cars, they get calls every other month or so of people alerting them that there are cars at the bottom of the drop off. Most of them are false alarms.

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