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SUV caught in avalanche on Loveland Pass, CDOT says

The avalanche forced the closure of all lanes of Highway 6 between Interstate 70 and Montezuma Road.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — No injuries were reported when an SUV was caught in an avalanche on the west side of Loveland Pass Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

An earlier report from CDOT indicated two cars were involved, but that turned out not to be the case. The Summit County Sheriff's Office said the avalanche happened late Wednesday morning on Highway 6 about a half mile from the Loveland Pass summit. A cornice broke and slid onto the highway, partially covering a Nissan Pathfinder, deputies said.

A CDOT grader cleared the snow around the SUV, allowing the occupants to drive away. No injuries were reported.

The avalanche forced the closure of all lanes of Highway 6 between Interstate 70 and Montezuma Road, according to CDOT. 

While the slide was relatively small, the pass remained closed for most of the day Wednesday so crews could conduct avalanche mitigation work to reduce risk of additional slides. The highway reopened around 3:30 p.m., according to a tweet from CDOT.

Credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center
One vehicle was caught in a small avalanche on the west side of Loveland Pass.
Credit: CDOT
One vehicle was caught in a small avalanche on the west side of Loveland Pass, CDOT said.

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