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Two vehicles crash on Dolores-Norwood Road

Shady section stays icy; road closes temporarily

Two vehicles crashed, one after the other, on a slick section of Forest Road 526 Friday afternoon north of Dolores.

About 2 p.m., the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to a northbound truck and camp trailer that had lost control in icy conditions. It jackknifed and crashed off the road, said Sheriff Steve Nowlin.

Shortly after, a northbound Toyota truck slid on the same section of icy road and crashed, rolling a quarter-turn onto its side, said Trooper Josh Lewis. The driver was cited for careless driving.

No one was injured, officials said. The road, also known as the Dolores-Norwood Road, was closed for more than an hour to allow the vehicles to be recovered and towed.

Both crashes occurred on the steep hill going into Little Bean Canyon. The section of Forest Road 526 is in the shade most of the day, and often holds ice and snow even when the rest of the road is dry.

“Winter driving, slow down. That section stays icy,” Nowlin said. “Crashes are common there.”

Road crews have applied sand to the section, and signs have been installed warning drivers of the hazard, he said.