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Woman drives off Frying Pan Road near dam

Aspen Times staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A Fryingpan Valley resident survived what investigators say was an intentional effort to drive over a steep embankment on Frying Pan Road on Sunday.

A woman who was the sole occupant of the pickup tumbled 75 to 100 yards down the steep embankment just below Ruedi Dam at 10:10 a.m., according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The pickup came to an improbable stop – nose down with the bed protruding into the air. The truck was perched like a balanced rock commonly seen in various locations of canyon country in western Colorado and Utah. The accident was reported by an angler who was fishing below the dam.

Ten firefighters and medics from Basalt Fire Department responded. They used a low-angle uphaul system to haul the victim up the step slope, the sheriff’s office said. She was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, authorities said.

“The 31 year old female driver, a local Frying Pan valley resident, had intentionally driven her vehicle off the side of the road in an attempt to commit suicide, according to a family member on scene,” the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Deputy Alex Burchetta said the truck appeared to follow the contour of the slope after leaving the road. The roof of the cab didn’t suffer any damage so it apparently didn’t roll, he said, but it might have flipped end over end. A wire fence prevented the pickup from going over a second steep embankment down to the stream bed, Burchetta said.

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