Avalanches bury part of Interstate 70 in Summit County, Colorado

Posted at 4:13 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 18:13:32-05

Summit County, COLO. — Heavy Colorado snowfall over the weekend led to a dangerous situation for drivers on Interstate 70 on Sunday. CBS Denver reports several avalanches sent snow crashing out onto the highway in Summit County near Copper Mountain.

Shaune Golemon was driving with his family in the eastbound lanes at about 5 p.m. when the slide came down and snow covered his car. He captured the following dramatic dashcam video:

VIDEO: Several Avalanches Send Snow Onto Interstate 70

Some drivers in the eastbound lanes of I-70 ended up stranded and had to try to dig their way out.

Colin Rafferty’s pickup truck got pushed into the ditch by one of the snow slides.

“First it was just a big cloud coming down the mountain, then it just turned totally white. Then it covered out windshield with a couple inches of snow, so the windshield wipers wouldn’t move it,” he told CBS Denver.

Rafferty was with his daughter in the car and says he saw one avalanche come down up ahead. Then a second one came, and it send snow onto the road and right into his vehicle.

Colin Rafferty’s truck. (CBS News Denver)

“It got too deep over on the side so then when I started going I just slid right down,” he said.

The threat of more avalanches continues in Colorado’s high country. Drivers are being advised to be prepared for more possible highway closures. On Monday the following mountain were passes due to snow slides, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation:

  • Highway 160, Wolf Creek Pass
  • Highway 550, Red Mountain Pass
  • Highway 145 Lizard Head Pass

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