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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

I-70 Closed Both Directions Due to Avalanche

Interstate 70 near Vail, Colorado was shut down in both directions Tuesday after an avalanche buried the road in up to 15 feet of snow.

Westbound lanes were closed at Copper Mountain (mile marker 195) and eastbound lanes were closed in Vail (mile marker 176).

A semi-truck was stuck in the avalanche and had to wait it out, although the driver was not injured. Westbound I-70 at exit 15 saw another semi-truck crash due to low visibility and ice.

Commercial motor vehicles traveling eastbound were stopped at the truck parking lot at Exit 133 until the interstate reopened at 3:45 p.m.

Warm temperatures Monday followed by rain and sleet, then early-morning snow on Tuesday are thought to have contributed to the avalanche.