Elk causes accident near Aspen
February 27, 2008
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Three accidents involving six vehicles and a cow elk slowed Highway 82 traffic toward Aspen for almost three hours Tuesday morning.
The accidents happened within seconds of each other near the intersection of County Road 113 and Highway 82 by Cattle Creek around 6:25 a.m., said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Steve Nofziger. No one was injured.
He said a Ford Ranger hit an elk crossing the highway and rolled into the median.
Next, a red Volkswagen sedan slowed down because of elk and got rear-ended by a red Toyota Tacoma pickup. After that, a blue Dodge Caravan and a black Mazda Protege slowed down to avoid the accident.
Then a white Dodge pickup with a snowplow lost control behind them, squeezed between the guardrail and the two vehicles and scraped them both on right side, Nofziger said.
The driver of the Toyota Tacoma pickup was cited with following too closely, and the driver of the Dodge pickup was cited with careless driving, Nofziger said. He said he couldn’t release the drivers’ names.
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The elk was injured.
“The elk got hurt, but he’s still up and about,” Nofziger said Tuesday morning.
Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said the
injured cow elk had jumped a guardrail and moved away from the road. It
wasn’t moving around when a DOW official looked at it in the morning, but it
was doing better in the afternoon when the DOW determined it wouldn’t need
to be euthanized.