Vail Pass reopens in both directions after avalanche
3 semis caught in slide but no injuries reported
VAIL — Interstate 70 at Vail Pass has reopened in both directions as of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday following an avalanche early this morning.
The closure began at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday. Three semis were caught in the slide but no injuries are reported. A photo from the Colorado State Patrol shows a semi truck with its cab partially buried.
The slide occurred in the area known as The Narrows, four miles west of the summit.
Crews were reporting 4 feet on snow on the roadway in some areas with as much as 15 feet of snow on the road in other areas. The slide primarily covered the westbound lanes but made it into the eastbound lanes as well, CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said.
Prior to the avalanche, Vail Pass was closed on and off in both directions starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday as a winter storm pounded the area.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a “high” rating for avalanche danger in the Vail/Summit region Tuesday.
The Vail Mountain snow stake at Blue Sky Basin showed 13 inches of new snow as of 5 a.m. Tuesday.
I-70 between Gypsum and Dotsero was closed for much of the day Monday after a tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel rolled over.
Avalanche blocking both west and east I-70 Vail pass. Road closures at Vail and Copper Mtn. pic.twitter.com/WjrqDaXnh1
— CSP Eagle (@CSP_Eagle) January 10, 2017
CLOSED- I-70 both directions on Vail Pass,MM 176-195 b/c snow slide;Expect lengthy closure
— CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) January 10, 2017
HIGH (L4) Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist across all Colorado Mountains today https://t.co/TfP7PWuk2j
— CAIC Vail and Summit (@CAICsummit) January 10, 2017
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