- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

BASALT, Colo. (AP) - Two women were found dead Saturday in an SUV submerged in the Fryingpan River near Basalt, and authorities aren’t sure when it happened.

The Basalt Fire Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said a cyclist saw the submerged vehicle on Saturday and didn’t know if anyone was inside. Rescuers were called and pulled the vehicle from the water, and they found the air bags deployed.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis identified the victims as Kristina Herron, 64, and Yvonne Honybrink, 71, of Columbus, Ohio.

Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Rob Madden said Sunday the vehicle was fully submerged when it was spotted by the cyclist, and rescuers couldn’t immediately determine if bodies were in the vehicle or what happened. The vehicle had only minor damage.

“The big question is going to be when did the crash actually occur,” Madden said.

The Aspen Times reports (https://tinyurl.com/p5fxtvw ) the vehicle went about 70 feet down a steep embankment before plunging into the river.

“One of our firefighters entered the water and hooked a winch to the vehicle,” Basalt Assistant Fire Chief Pete Bradshaw said. The vehicle was pulled closer to shore so rescuers could investigate.

“Two female occupants were deceased on the scene,” Bradshaw said.


Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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