Two die in I-70 head-on crash near Parachute
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” A longtime local man and a Chicago resident were killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 70, west of Parachute, early Thursday.
Two vehicles ” one of them traveling in the wrong direction on the interstate ” collided at about 1:15 a.m., according to the Colorado State Patrol. Both vehicles rotated counter clockwise after impact and came to rest on their wheels on the roadway. The Toyota stopped facing west and the Honda came to rest facing east, the CSP said in a news release.
A white Toyota, driven by Bruce Edmondson, 71, of Glenwood Springs, was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-70 when it collided with a westbound Honda driven by Alexander Taft, 28, of Chicago, Ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.
Edmondson was a longtime Aspenite and worked as a ski instructor at Buttermilk from 1990 to 1997.
His ex-wife, Patsy Malone of Aspen, said she’s been estranged from Edmondson since their divorce in 2000, but said Edmondson had moved to Hawaii for a few years before settling in Glenwood Springs to take care of an ailing brother.
“He was a very avid biker and skier and he enjoyed Aspen for what it was,” Malone said.
Edmondson had a long history in Aspen, Malone said, including work at a local health-food store and a brief stint as a pedicab driver in the 1980s.
Use of alcohol, drugs and speed on Edmondson’s part might have played a role in the crash, according to a press release from the state patrol.
The crash closed the westbound lanes of I-70; they reopened at 6:30 a.m., according to the patrol.
The accident remains under investigation.
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