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Building-sized boulder shuts down Colorado highway

Saturday, May 25th 2019, 9:28 pm - Rockslide sends two large boulders onto Colorado road, forcing officials to close it indefinitely

A highway in Colorado has been shut down after two massive boulders were sent crumbling onto the pavenment after a rockslide Friday.

The rocks, one of which was as large as a building, were big enough to wipe out a signficant portion of the road. It was reported by CNN that the two boulders were sent crashing onto Colorado 145 between Cortez and Telluride, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Along with the large rocks, the slide contained dirt and smaller fragments of rubble.

The full width of the highway pavement was demolished by the enormous boulders, which left a trench about eight-feet deep across both lanes. The department said the road is impassable.

While one boulder was removed, the other is still on the highway, according to the Colorado DOT, who said it will have to be blasted into smaller pieces before being removed from the roadway.

"A geo-technical team, equipment and supplies are being mobilized to the site, but it is not known when the road can be re-opened," the department said on Facebook.

Source: CNN

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