Eagle County bus used as temporary shelter Saturday
EAGLE COUNTY – With about 20 cars occupying about 10 cars’ worth of space Saturday, the Gypsum Fire Department put out a call for help, and found it in a county ECO bus.
As police, firefighters and tow truck drivers worked to unscramble the Saturday-evening crash that closed eastbound Interstate 70 for about four hours, motorists and passengers were shuttled up to Dotsero to a waiting bus, where they could stay warm and dry while filling out paperwork and waiting for their vehicles.
“ECO’s been good about helping us out,” Gypsum Fire Chief Dave Vroman said. “And it gets everybody out of the way.”
ECO Transit Director Harry Taylor said the agency helps when it can, and was able to get a bus to Dotsero not long after the call for help went out.
“We happened to have a driver coming off his shift right then, so we had a bus and driver available right away,” Taylor said. “We can’t always do that.”
At least one person was injured after she’d gotten out of her car after the crash.
“When you have a real long event like that one, it’s good to have place people can go,” Vroman said.