A massive avalanche — 200 feet wide and 15 feet deep — swept across one of Colorado’s main recreation routes, burying at least two cars and prompting a search for possible survivors Saturday.
Officials said six people were rescued from two cars, and one person was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The avalanche rumbled across U.S. 40 in three places near 11,307-foot Berthoud Pass, 50 miles west of Denver, shortly after 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET). The busy freeway leads to the popular Winter Park ski resort.
U.S. 40 will remain closed between Winter Park and Interstate 70 “for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Wilson, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. (more..)