Updated: Avalanche closes Berthoud Pass
By Jim Lawson on January 15, 2024
Avalanche closes Berthoud Pass.
Updated: Monday, January 15 2:45 p.m.
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Monday that U.S. Highway 40 at Berthoud Pass would remain closed until further notice.
CDOT said snow and high winds had not let up, and several natural slides were reported.
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Grand County, CO – US 40 over Berthoud Pass will be closed overnight Sunday into Monday after an avalanche Sunday morning.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said the highway is closed in both directions between Robins Roost and Henderson Mine Road, south of Winter Park. The avalanche happened around 11:20 a.m.
Travelers should make plans or take alternate routes as there is no estimated time for reopening the highway. CDOT crews will perform snow removal through the night.
“Crews clearing earlier slides have encountered additional bank slides that have re-covered the roadway with snow. Additional snowfall and forecasted high winds through tonight make Berthoud Pass too hazardous for travel until additional snow removal operations can be completed,” CDOT stated in a press notice.
According to CDOT, the avalanche trapped ten vehicles. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. CDOT confirmed that all the vehicles and passengers involved in the incident were successfully rescued shortly after midday.
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Vehicles are backed up along U.S. Highway 40 due to an avalanche that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. today.
If you travel to the mountains and see an avalanche, CDOT says you should:
-Stay in your vehicle.
-Do not try to drive through the snow slide.
-Report the avalanche or snow slide.
-Try to position your vehicle near the shoulder so snow removal equipment can get by.
And if your vehicle is caught in an avalanche:
-Stay in your vehicle until CDOT and emergency responders come to your aid.
-Turn off your engine to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
-If possible, report the avalanche from inside your vehicle.
-Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle. This includes water, snacks, extra clothes and blankets.