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Gas Line Ruptures at Copper Due to Avalanche

Ten Mile Canyon, the stretch of I-70 between Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Summit County, has been the site of some serious avalanche activity lately. After we saw two huge avalanches crash down on the highway this past week that buried cars, several more massive slides released early this morning. One buried a tow truck on Vail Pass and another ruptured the gas line connected to the Conoco gas station at the ski area, prompting emergency evacuations of the ski resort and surrounding areas.

RELATED: Two Massive Avalanches Hit I-70 This Weekend

Highway 91 (connecting Copper with Leadville) and I-70 are both closed to allow emergency crews to clear avalanche debris and resolve the gas leak issue.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has many parts of the state, including the Vail/Summit County Zone rated at Level 5 - Extreme danger today with a special avalanche warning in effect.

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