Event causes buildup of traffic on F Road, at least 1 minor crash
The sound of shattering glass momentarily drowned out the car horns honking and supporter versus protester arguments Monday as people crowded F Road after Barack Obama’s appearance in Grand Junction.
A Honda Accord rear-ended a truck in at least one minor car accident that occurred on the main drag to and from the event.
Ann Barrett, 60, of Grand Junction, held on to two beams on a crowded Grand Valley Transit bus.
“This reminds me of Europe,” she said.
Grand Valley Transit had to add a second bus to its route to accommodate the extra riders Monday. By 2 p.m., traffic on the bus transportation system increased by 49 percent from what it is on a typical full Monday, from 120 to 237, officials said.
It was expected to more than double by day’s end.
“On that route, it’s one of the busier days,” he said. “I did expect a lot more. A lot of folks actually found other rides going home. I don’t know how, but it seemed like the loads were not as heavy going home.”
Frank Smith, 25, of Grand Junction, is one who found a ride going to the event.
“I was walking down F Road and somebody pulled over and said, ‘Hop in,’” Smith said.
In at least one situation, the heat of protesters versus supporters came in via the bus.
“There was an older lady that was totally bashing on Obama on the bus on the way here,” said Lynnette Frisbie, 24, of Grand Junction, who was also on the bus. “There was almost a fight.”
Frisbie said on the way back, the bus was right there when she needed it.
“When Obama started waving goodbye, everyone just made a race for the gate,” she said. “I followed them and the bus was waiting right out there.”