Rockslide closes Highway 24 from Minturn to Leadville

MINTURN, Colo. - A rockslide early Tuesday morning closed Highway 24 between Minturn and Leadville, southwest of Vail.

At least one vehicle was seriously damaged. However, Eagle River Fire tweeted that no injuries were reported.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said more than 150 tons of rock fell onto the highway at mile marker 149. That's about halfway between Minturn and Redcliff.

"The slide happened around 2:30 a.m. and has caused significant damage to the roadway," CDOT said in a news release.

While CDOT initially said the road would only be closed a few hours, officials have determined that repairs and checking the area will take more time.

"Geologists are on scene to assess the safety of the surrounding areas, particularly the rocks directly above the slide area," CDOT said. "Crews are beginning to remove debris from the roadway and begin repairs to the roadway. This road will remained closed at least through today, possibly longer."

Highway 24 is the road from Interstate 70 to Leadville.

 

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