Woman critically injured in Avon crash | VailDaily.com

Woman critically injured in Avon crash

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailySgt. Richard Armstrong of the Colorado State Patrol walks toward a car that rolled from the west lanes of Interstate 70 to the east lanes when the driver lost control Wednesday in Avon.

AVON, Colorado ” A driver who witnesses said was speeding was critically injured after crashing on Interstate 70 near Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

A witness said the woman was driving around 80 miles per hour where the speed limit was 65, said Sgt. Richard Armstrong of the Colorado State Patrol.

Alcohol is suspected in the crash because the woman smelled like alcohol when Armstrong saw her in the hospital, Armstrong said. Test results from blood samples taken from the woman will not be available for at least a couple weeks, he said.

The woman lost control of a black Saturn Ion as she was driving west around 4 p.m. and rolled two-and-a-half times through the median, he said. The car stopped in the shoulder of the east lanes, he said.

The 36-year-old woman’s name is being withheld because Armstrong said her family had not been told about the crash. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured, he said.

As the car lay upside down, firefighters used jaws of life to cut the passenger door open to get the unconscious woman out, said John Willson, deputy chief of operations for the Eagle River Fire Protection District.

“Any time a person’s unconscious, it’s pretty serious,” Willson said.

The woman was taken in an ambulance to Vail Valley Medical Center. Her condition was not immediately available Wednesday night.

Snow began falling early Wednesday evening, but the roads were dry at the time of the crash, Armstrong said.

“I honestly think (she) was driving too fast,” Armstrong said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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