Eagle man seriously injured in Glenwood Canyon crash
May 15, 2011
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – An Eagle man was seriously hurt in a multicar accident Saturday in Glenwood Canyon.
Just before 5 p.m., a westbound 2008 GMC utility vehicle lost control in the canyon just east of the Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant in a construction zone, according to the State Patrol.
The GMC was driven by 74-year-old Ronald Wist, of Paonia. Wist’s vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic, where it glanced off of a 2010 Chrysler Sebring driven by a vacationing couple from Germany, police said. The GMC continued westbound in the eastbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2002 Volvo station wagon driven by 66-year-old Curtis Ortloff of Eagle, according to the State Patrol. Both vehicles came to rest on their wheels, blocking both directions of travel in the Glenwood Canyon.
Glenwood Canyon was closed for about 1 hour and 45 minutes while emergency crews cleaned up the scene.
Wist and his passenger were injured, though the extent of injuries are unknown, police said. Ortloff was seriously injured in the crash. All of the injured people were taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.
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The Colorado State Patrol, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Eagle County Ambulance, Colorado Department of Transportation, CATS Towing, and Valley Towing all responded to the scene.
The Colorado State Patrol reminded motorists to use caution in construction zones.