Video captures car colliding with tree on Main Avenue

Driver may have fallen asleep

A single vehicle barreled into oncoming traffic, nearly hit a pedestrian and crashed into a tree Tuesday on Main Avenue in Durango. Video from Durango Rapid Wash caught the crash. Enlarge photo

Courtesy of Durango Rapid Wash

A single vehicle barreled into oncoming traffic, nearly hit a pedestrian and crashed into a tree Tuesday on Main Avenue in Durango. Video from Durango Rapid Wash caught the crash.

Video surveillance from Durango Rapid Wash shows a speeding car narrowly miss a pedestrian before colliding with a tree Tuesday on Main Avenue in Durango.

The crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Main Avenue when a red 2000 Ford Escort traveling north crossed into oncoming traffic and ran up the northbound curb, said Cmdr. Rita Warfield of the Durango Police Department.

The vehicle uprooted a maple tree, rolled and spun 180 degrees, she said. Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, she said.

It came feet from hitting a pedestrian standing at 24th Street and Main Avenue, according to a video posted Tuesday night on Facebook by Durango Rapid Wash, 2401 Main Ave.

“It wasn’t until I ran the video that I was like, ‘Holy crap.’ The guy had to be going 55 (mph) I’d guess,” said Craig Arnwine, owner of the car wash. “It could’ve been a lot, lot worse.”

The driver, Daniel Walsh, 64, of California was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

He was cited with careless driving causing a crash.

“He stated that he fell asleep at the wheel ... and that’s what caused him to accelerate,” Warfield said. “We’re just glad that no one was injured.”

shane@durangoherald.com

A red Ford Escort traveling north crossed the center line and hit a tree about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday near 24th Street and Main Avenue in Durango. Enlarge photo

Courtesy of David Torres

A red Ford Escort traveling north crossed the center line and hit a tree about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday near 24th Street and Main Avenue in Durango.

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