Vehicle taken off-road after avalanche hits Little Cottonwood Canyon, road open

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LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC4 News) – One vehicle was taken off the road after an avalanche slide hit the road Sunday. It was near White Pine at SR 210.

“There was [sic] about a foot and a half of debris on the road with the slide,” said Shawn Lambert, the South District Engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation.

The avalanche happened just before 11 a.m. It was just a few hours after the roadway reopened around 8 o’clock. It was closed while crews performed avalanche mitigation.

“About 10:45 this morning, we had a car that was driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon and an avalanche came across the road, hit it, knocked it off the road,” said Sgt. Ed Twohill of the Unified Police Department. “Luckily, the occupants were okay. They were able to get out safely. The Avalanche was pretty substantial from what we understand. It was 75 yards wide and at least a foot deep.”

The road was closed while the snow was cleared.

“As far as we know, it was naturally occurring,” said Lambert. “There was mitigation in this area earlier in the day, but his was a natural one.”

UDOT said this is a very dangerous road when it comes to avalanches. It says crews are working hard to maintain it and keep it safe. In the meantime, they’re asking drivers for their patience.

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