Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Watch an avalanche devour a Colorado highway in seconds

Motorist on I-70 in Colorado captures an avalanche coming down with smartphone camera Video captures huge avalanche covering interstate highway in Colorado
Leonard Rios | 05 March, 2019, 05:49

Drivers are recalling the harrowing moments an avalanche sent snow onto Interstate 70 on Sunday near Copper Mountain in Colorado - and video footage shows the large plume of snow consuming the highway.

Weather in the area meant that the DOT couldn't see the tops of the mountains in Ten Mile Canyon where snow was building up, Ford said.

"It was not a controlled slide", a CDOT spokesperson told FOX31.

Their windshield was covered with snow, but their vehicle was not trapped.

More avalanches are possible, and several mountain passes in Colorado were closed because of snow slides, KCNC reported.

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Shaune Golemon was driving on I-70 when his daughter noticed the wall of snow that was barreling down the mountain toward their auto.

Another video posted to Twitter by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center showed the avalanche from a different angle.

"All of a sudden, me and my dad just saw a big white cloud to the left of us and we instantly noticed the avalanche", Easton told KTLA sister station KDVR in Denver. "A potent winter storm caused avalanche danger to rise yesterday and very risky conditions persist today".

Later in the day, another avalanche swept through a stretch of the same highway in nearby Summit County. Golemon said his vehicle was pushed sideways by the avalanche, but no one was hurt.

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