Crashes come with early morning snow |

Crashes come with early morning snow

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON”A minor accumulation of wet, heavy snow led to multiple accidents in Eagle County this morning.

Jon Asper, Chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, said his department responded to an accident where a car rolled over in the eastbound lane of I-70 between Eagle and Wolcott this morning. A person in the vehicle was injured, but Asper thought it was minor, he said.

“If people would slow down and be considerate of everybody else, that would help,” Asper said.

Several other accidents occurred in Avon, Vail and along I-70 this morning. Krista Jaramillo, spokeswoman for Avon Police Department, said at 11:30 a.m. that the department had responded to four accidents.

“It appears as though people haven’t been slowing down as quickly as they should be to avoid hitting one another,” she said about the Avon roundabouts, where three accidents occurred.

Sgt. Shawn Olmstead of the Colorado State Patrol said the troopers had responded to several injury accidents between Eagle and Vail. One or two vehicles slid off U.S. Highway 6 into Eagle River.

None of the accidents were particularly serious, he said. The state patrol has lifted all restrictions on mountain passes, he said.

Officer Brad Baldwin of the Vail Police Department said police responded to three accidents this morning.

Ellen Heffernan, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said a snow advisory was in effect until noon today. The Vail area would see diminishing snow showers this afternoon, with a 20 percent chance of precipitation this evening, she said.

The National Weather Service forecasted a 50 percent chance of precipitation in the Vail area Tuesday and Tuesady night, she said. The southern mountains have the best chance for precipitation tomorrow, she said.

Vail and Beaver Creek reported four inches of snow this morning.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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