Vail Pass reopens after avalanche hits semi

Posted at 6:03 AM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 10:57:21-05

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. -- An avalanche on Interstate 70 early Tuesday morning hit a semi truck and closed Vail Pass, though the pass has since reopened.

The Colorado State Patrol tweeted out a picture of the truck. It was carrying mail. Troopers said the driver was not hurt. Two other vehicles were also caught up in the slide.

CSP said both eastbound and westbound lanes were hit by the snow slide.

"This avalanche is believed to be up to 15 feet deep in parts of the westbound lanes," according to Trooper Jeffrey Chmielewski.

It happened at mile marker 186.4 at about 2:41 a.m. The pass reopened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the avalanche is in an area known as "the Narrows."

CDOT closed I-70 from Copper Mountain to Vail, mile marker 176 to 195. There is no estimated time for reopening, officials said.

Get the latest updates on road closures on CDOT's website and from Denver7 traffic reporter Jayson Luber.


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