Two die in recent area car crashes
A Carbondale man was listed in critical condition Saturday after he was involved in a one-car accident Thursday in Carbondale. Boone J. Blocker, 25, was traveling west on County Road 100, or Catherine Store Road, near where it turns into Main Street in Carbondale, a Colorado State Patrol news release said. The Jeep he was driving went off the road, skidding across the bike path and colliding with a utility box. The Jeep then became airborne and hit a fence, touched down in a yard and rolled onto its top, ejecting Blocker, who was thrown about 30 feet before hitting the side of a house. He was airlifted from Valley View Hospital to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he remained in the intensive care unit Saturday, hospital administrators said. -In another accident, a 20-year-old Gypsum man was killed when his truck went off the road, ejecting him. The man, who was not identified in the Colorado State Patrol news release, was westbound on South Frontage Road, just west of the Gypsum interchange of Interstate 70, when the crash occurred. According to the report, the Mazda pickup truck the man was driving went off the road, then he got it back on the road, but overcorrected, spun the truck and rolled it more than two times, ejecting the man. It came to a stop on the right shoulder of Interstate 70. The driver was thrown into the middle of the eastbound lanes of the highway and was pronounced dead at the scene by Eagle County deputy coroner Ken Wilson. In the early-morning hours of Saturday, a van crash south of Gypsum claimed the life of Jeffrey W. Field, 35, of Gypsum. The van was traveling south on Gypsum Creek Road when it ran off the left side of the road while entering a right curve. The van then traveled up an embankment, colliding with a fence, a Colorado State Patrol news release said. After impacting with the fence, the van continued and rolled onto its side, throwing Field from the driver’s seat over to the passenger’s door, from which he was partially ejected. Field was extricated from the van and once pronounced dead, he was taken to Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. Alcohol is suspected to be a main factor in the crash, the news release said.
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