Update: Snow cushions 120-foot fall of car on Vail Pass

VAIL — 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 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.


VAIL — Emergency crews have rescued two people after their car fell 120 feet down Vail Pass into 8 feet of snow.

Authorities were called for help Wednesday after a car lost control and went through a guardrail and over the edge of the pass.

Crews worked more than two hours to rescue the victims, who were trapped in the vehicle. The two people were taken to the hospital, where they were reported in serious condition.



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