A man in an ATV drove off a cliff Friday evening outside Carbondale and was airlifted to a hospital, a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy said.
Information about the man’s name, hometown and age were not available late Friday, but he apparently was from out of state and visiting the area, according to sheriff’s deputy Levi Borst.
The accident occurred about a half-mile from the parking lot that serves Dinkle Lake in the West Sopris Creek area, said Borst.
The man apparently drove off a 300- to 500-yard cliff, he said.
“He rolled the thing quite a ways down,” Borst said.
A rescue team from the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District roped in and was able to put the man in a rescue litter.
Through a low-angle rescue, he was taken up to the road, where a Flight for Life helicopter was able to land.
Alcohol and drugs are being investigated as factors in the crash, Borst said.