A dozen taken to AVH, 29 to clinic after bus accident

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenMarch 4, 2011
A tow truck collided with a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus this morning, sending 12 passengers to Aspen Valley Hospital and 29 to a Snowmass Village medical clinic.
A RFTA bus driving through the valley last fall.
Troy Hooper

The accident occurred a little before 10 a.m Friday at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82. Pitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Alex Burchetta reported that a flatbed tow truck struck the right front and right rear corner of the RFTA bus in separate impacts.

"Initial reports from the scene indicate the tow truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 82 and struck the RFTA bus as it was crossing Highway 82 on its way towards Snowmass Village," Burchetta said. "In total, 41 people were transported from the accident."

The Colorado State Patrol cited the tow truck driver for careless driving causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor. The state patrol said the tow truck turned on a red light.

Authorities said the National Weather Service station close to the intersection indicated that at the time of the accident it was 29 degrees with 9-mile winds out of the north/northwest. It had been snowing earlier in the day but at the time of the accident no snow was reported.

Personnel from the Snowmass Police Department, Aspen Police Department, Aspen Ambulance, Aspen Fire Department, Snowmass Fire Department, Basalt Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office all responded.

comments: 1 Comment on "A dozen taken to AVH, 29 to clinic after bus accident "

why – March 04, 2011, at 10:03 p.m.

I called Pitkin County Sheriff at 09:35 am right before the accident occurred. I had witnessed an almost accident at the Aspen Village light- the one right before the Owl Creek light where the accident did occur. I told them that the traffic light was obliterated by snow and you couldn't tell if you had the green light to go or not. I told the 911 dispatcher that I knew someone was going to have a BAD accident if cops didn't come down and start directing traffic right now. I told the dispatcher that I knew a cop was right behind me as I had seen in my rear view mirror that he had pulled someone over in the Snowmass Canyon. I called back a few hours after the bus accident to the 911 dispatcher and asked them why they didn't do something to prevent this. He told me that they had notified C-Dot and many other people had called to report the problem about the traffic lights. But WHY didn't they do something to prevent this accident when they were notified by so many of the citizens?

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