Letter: Great work during Vail Pass pile-up | VailDaily.com

Letter: Great work during Vail Pass pile-up

Dick Cleveland, Vail mayor
Vail CO, Colorado

On behalf of the Vail Town Council, I’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many agencies that assisted during the tragic accident on Vail Pass last month. I drive that route nearly every day and am keenly aware of the dangers that confront us as motorists and more importantly, as first responders. We’ve been told there were lifesaving decisions that were made on scene that day by the men and women who joined in rescuing the critically injured. The multi-agency coordination by firefighters, paramedics, state troopers, police officers, Sheriff’s deputies, plow drivers, tow-truck drivers, bus drivers and others throughout Eagle County is to be commended.

In particular, the efforts to control the flow of traffic along the interstate from as far west as Dotsero helped eliminate the complete gridlock Vail has experienced during previous closures and helped expedite the transport of patients to Vail Valley Medical Center. While holding traffic in Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Avon and Minturn may have been an inconvenience for many, it was a decision that helped save lives, and for that we are ever grateful. We thank those communities for their assistance during this emergency.

We also extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Lance Melting of Longmont who lost his life under these tragic circumstances. Our prayers are with you.

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