Six-car crash sends three to hospital


Driver who caused six-car crash suffered fatal heart condition

An 81-year-old Grand Junction man suffered a fatal heart condition before causing a six-car crash Wednesday, authorities said today.

The Grand Junction Police Department said in a news release that Clyde Riegel suffered an aortic aneurism Wednesday afternoon while behind the wheel of a Mercury sedan on Horizon Drive. His sedan collided with several other vehicles at the road’s intersection with G Road.

Riegel did not sustain any injuries in the crash, police said.

Riegel and two others with minor injuries in the accident were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

No citations will be issued, police said.

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A motorist who suffered a “pretty significant medical condition” triggered a six-car accident at Horizon Drive and G Road late Wednesday afternoon, sending three people to the hospital, Grand Junction police said.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. when a vehicle southbound on Horizon Drive turned to go east on G Road and the driver suffered the medical condition, Sgt. Pete Chapola said.

The man’s vehicle rear-ended a vehicle in front of him, crossed through the intersection and hit two other vehicles, Chapola said.

The man initially was reported to be unconscious and not breathing. An update on his condition was not available Wednesday night.

He and two other people were taken to the hospital, Chapola said.

Police didn’t release the names of any of the people involved.

The accident, which is under investigation, closed several lanes at the intersection of Horizon Drive and G Road for about an hour.


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