A 52-year-old Basalt man died Thursday after he was ejected from his vehicle during a rollover crash on Highway 133. The man’s name is being held pending notification of his family.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, a black 2002 Ford Ranger was southbound on Highway 133, near milepost 61, when it drove off the right side of the road, then corrected back onto the road and corrected once again off the road. The vehicle then overturned one-and-three-quarters times, and the driver was ejected.
The driver did not appear to be wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead on scene. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor, as the crash is still under investigation.
Southbound Highway 133 was closed at the crash location for three-and-a-half hours, but traffic was controlled and flowed in both directions in the northbound lane.
The Carbondale Fire Department, the Carbondale Ambulance Service, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene with the Colorado State Patrol. Big Steve’s Towing and Lucas Towing recovered the vehicle.
The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers of the importance of wearing a seat belt.