Snow Cushions Car’s Plunge off Colorado Interstate

Rope rescue helps save two people in Vail Pass


 
 

| Thursday, February 13, 2014


VAIL, Colo. (AP) — All the new snow in Colorado's mountains that has raised the avalanche danger likely helped save the lives of two people whose car plunged down Vail Pass.

Their Honda sedan hit a tanker truck and lost control on Interstate 70 Tuesday, going off the right edge of the road and over the guardrail. It fell 120 feet and landed upright on 8 feet of snow.

The passengers were seriously injured but remained conscious and able to communicate with emergency workers during the complicated rescue.

Fire Chief Mark Miller told the Vail Daily (http://bit.ly/NFyy96) that the snow acted as a cushion, likely preventing even more serious injury or death.

The rescue took about two hours. Two firefighters rappelled down to the car and crews used ropes to rescue the passengers.

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Information from: Vail Daily, http://www.vaildaily.com/

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