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Thoughts and Experiences from the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado

Avalanche Traps 8, Only 1 Admitted to the Hospital

Peter

According to the Rocky Mountain News, only one person was admitted to the hospital in the avalanche that occurred on Berthoud Pass today.  The avalanche happened on what is known as the Stanley run. There are many avalanche paths that cross Highway 40, but it is unusual for avalanches to come down uncontrolled in this area.  The Colorado Department of Transportation regularly inspects and does control work throughout the whole highway.

But it appears that the wind that came up this morning loaded the starting zone before anyone realized what was going on and could stop traffic and do control work in the area.

I am glad that no one was killed or seriously injured.

Read the complete Rocky Mountain News Story, (No one else trapped; eight taken to hospital)