Avalanche in Colorado Buries Highway, Cars

Motorist on I-70 in Colorado captures an avalanche coming down with smartphone camera

Video from Sunday shows an avalanche on Copper Mountain, along I-70 in Colorado.

On Sunday, two separate avalanches ripped down a mountainside in Summit County's Ten Mile Canyon.

"It was not a controlled slide. Then it covered out windshield with a couple inches of snow, so the windshield wipers wouldn't move it", he told CBS Denver. Sometimes, when there's a build-up of snow, the Colorado Department of Transportation will proactively shut down highways and conduct controlled avalanches in order to prevent potentially risky incidents like what happened on Sunday.

The original video was posted to Twitter by Brandan Clark.

During the video, Mr Easton stops the auto as he drives towards the snow while it gathers speed. He tells KDVR-TV he and his dad saw a "big white cloud" and noticed the avalanche. "It was a natural avalanche". He says it was "exciting, but pretty nerve wracking". However, according to Hubbard, the bulk of the snow never reached the road in the first avalanche. The avalanches were captured by several drivers, see the footage above. "Dangerous human-triggered avalanches are very likely".

The same interstate closed later in the day due to another avalanche near Copper Mountain. Golemon said his vehicle was pushed sideways by the avalanche, but no one was hurt.

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