Motorcycle crash near Granby snarls traffic
The Fourth of July weekend wrapped up Monday night with Grand Lake’s annual fireworks display. Tuesday morning the highways and roads of Grand County were filled with outbound travelers heading home.
Tuesday morning traffic snarled in Granby after a motorcycle involved accident occurred on US Highway 40 slightly south of Granby proper near the Mountain Beast Fitness Center. The accident involved both a male and female who were riding the bike when the accident occurred. The names of the two parties involved in the accident were not available as of press time Tuesday afternoon though officials said the pair were from the Denver area and are not Grand County residents.
Late Tuesday morning, not long before noon a motorcyclist and passenger were traveling eastbound on US 40 in heavy stop and go traffic. After a sudden brake in traffic the driver of the motorcycle attempted to take evasive action, lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Both parties on the bike were transported to Middle Park Medical Center – Granby. The male party was flown by helicopter to the Front Range for additional medical evaluation.
The accident seriously halted the heavy flow of traffic out of the county Tuesday morning, backing up cars through most of Granby. Officials closed US 40 for a short duration. Vehicles resumed flowing in alternating one lane traffic for a period of roughly 30 minutes before the highway was fully reopened. Shortly after clearing the highway Tuesday morning a second non-injury two-vehicle accident occurred in nearly the exact same location.
The Colorado State Patrol is handling the accident investigation. Officers from the Granby Police Dept. and Deputies from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance.
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