Drivers capture avalanche tearing down side of Colorado mountain

Motorist on I-70 in Colorado captures an avalanche coming down with smartphone camera

Also, a volunteer with the Summit County Rescue Group was in the canyon Sunday morning when the first avalanche came crashing down the mountain.

Some drivers in the eastbound lanes of I-70 ended up stranded and had to try to dig their way out. A second video, taken from another vehicle, shows a column of snow coming down the mountainside toward the motorists below.

In the clip (shown above), you can see the powder cloud descend the summit and eventually engulf an entire section of the multi-lane highway dotted with cars.

An avalanche startled motorists and sent a plume of snow over a section of Interstate 70 in Colorado.

Officials with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) tweeted the video, saying the highway was not affected by the avalanche.

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While avalanches are not uncommon in the winter in Colorado, "this particular area is one that hasn't run in decades", said Department of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Ford, but this season "we are having a lot more snow".

Shortly after 5 p.m., emergency crews responded to another avalanche down the road near Copper Mountain.

Motorists in the USA has captured dramatic footage of an avalanche crashing down a mountainside in Colorado, as heavy snow hits the region.

Ford said DOT closed the road for "under an hour" after the evening avalanche struck. "A potent winter storm caused avalanche danger to rise yesterday and very risky conditions persist today".

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