10 vehicles were buried with no injuries in an avalanche on a Colorado highway
An avalanche covered 10 cars and part of a Colorado highway in piles of snow this morning, but no injuries were reported, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
Photos of the slide that covered Interstate 40 near Winter Park depicted a road more suitable for skis and snowboards than family SUVs. She added that the department officially closed the highway after the avalanche was reported at 11:20 a.m.
The covered vehicles and their occupants were recovered from the pile, the department said. She added that crews were working to remove snow this afternoon.
The department warned that up to 12 inches of additional snow was expected along the Rocky Mountain region, which was also under an ongoing avalanche warning.
“We ask motorists to avoid the Interstate 40 to Berthoud Pass corridor,” the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Winter Park Resort reported a base of 50 inches, with 9 inches of recent snow showing powder, cloud cover and an afternoon temperature of 17 degrees.