Avalanche buries semi, closes I-70 for hours

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jan 10, 2017

An avalanche on Interstate 70 early Tuesday morning hit a semi truck and closed the highway for hours in Colorado.

The Colorado State Patrol tweeted out a picture of the truck. It was carrying mail. Troopers said the driver was not hurt. Two other vehicles were also caught up in the slide.

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CSP said both eastbound and westbound lanes were hit by the snow slide.

"This avalanche is believed to be up to 15 feet deep in parts of the westbound lanes," according to Trooper Jeffrey Chmielewski.

It happened at mile marker 186.4 at about 2:41 a.m. The pass reopened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.