4 Rescued After Car Partially Buried in Avalanche on Lake Tahoe Highway

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Mt. Rose Highway in Lake Tahoe, NV closed yesterday. image: reno gazzette journal

4 passengers were rescued from a car that was trapped in an avalanche on the Mt. Rose Highway in Lake Tahoe, NV yesterday.

The avalanche happened at 9:22am on March 22nd, 2018.

No one was injured, but how scary would that situation be?

“No injuries. The one vehicle that was caught in that natural release this morning had partially buried the vehicle. All people were accounted for, we were able to extract the vehicle from the snow debris, and then take the extra steps to clear the snow, and make the area safe again.” – Thor Dyson with the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Map showing Mt. Rose highway location.

Officials report that crews searched the avalanche for other people potentially trapped in the avalanche.  Once the area was cleared, crews performed avalanche control in the zone.

The Mt. Rose highway was closed for most of the day yesterday as crews worked on clearing the avalanche debris from the roadway.

The Mt. Rose ski resort was also closed at around midday due to avalanche danger.

The Sierra Avalanche Center issued an avalanche warning in the Lake Tahoe basin yesterday that advertised HIGH avalanche danger ranking.  Squaw Valley ski resort revealed a 7-foot deep avalanche this morning that occurred yesterday in the KT-22 area.



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