CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — US Highway 6 was closed between Golden and Highway 119 for several hours Friday night after a base jumper crashed in the area. The base jumper was using a parachute.
Before it was known exactly what happened leading up to the crash, authorities believed that a hang glider had crashed.
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Golden Fire, @WestMetroFire @AlpineRescue and @AirLifeDenver are currently working to rescue a hangglider pilot who crashed into the side of a cliff off of US 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. The male in his 30's has multiple leg injuries but nothing that appears to be life threatening. pic.twitter.com/kxgUOyx9Cs
— Golden Fire (@GoldenCOFire) November 7, 2020
The Clear Creek County Sheriff, Golden Fire Rescue and the Colorado State Patrol were involved in the operation.
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West Metro Fire and Alpine Rescue Team assisting.
— CSP Golden (@csp_golden) November 7, 2020
Officials said the person injured is a man in his 30s and he suffered several broken bones but is expected to survive.
The base jumper was rushed to the hospital via ambulance and the helicopter wasn’t used in the rescue.
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US 6 EB/WB: Road open between CO 119 and CO 58; CO 93. https://t.co/KCBUmgBsSJ
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) November 7, 2020
The Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted that the road reopened at 9:30 p.m.