Storm gridlocks Aspen |

Storm gridlocks Aspen

Scott Condon and Allyn Harvey
Aspen Correspondents

Traffic gridlocked late Monday afternoon as a fierce winter storm socked Aspen just in time for rush hour.

Roads conditions worsened rapidly as the storm raged, catching drivers off guard. Motorists in Aspen reported being unable to see more than 20 feet ahead during the blizzard, with heavy, wet snow falling in sheets.

Shortly before 5 p.m., dispatchers from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office alerted deputies to “multiple vehicles off the road.” Traffic reportedly ground to a halt near Emma at one point, apparently because of a multiple car accident.

At 5:15 p.m., a deputy reported a United Parcel Service truck had run off the road at the bottom of Mill Street near the Aspen Art Museum. A RFTA bus was reported to be stuck a half-mile up Brush Creek Road from Highway 82, and some downvalley buses were delayed for 30 to 60 minutes. At least one RFTA bus reportedly ended up in a ditch near Aspen.

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