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Stranded travelers sleep in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The spring storm that pounded the foothills of Denver closed Interstate 70 in Vail at the East Vail exit at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

To assist the stranded travelers, the town of Vail, working in cooperation with the Salvation Army, opened a shelter at the Vail Municipal Building at 9 p.m. In addition, the Visitor Information Center was staffed during the evening to help with discounted lodging arrangements and other assistance.

Forty-five people took advantage of the free shelter sleeping on cots set up by volunteers from Vail Mountain Rescue and the Vail Community Emergency Response Team. Fourteen individuals chose to spend the night in the shelter after Vail Pass reopened around 12:30 a.m. The travelers were served breakfast by the Salvation Army and continued on their travels by 7 a.m. this morning.

The sheltering operations were headed up by Dan Smith with assistance from Mark Dean, Larry Griffaw, Patrick Fortner, Jackie Ogden and Brian Topping.

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