Major avalanche buries, sweeps away cars in Colo.
Rescue efforts underway after avalanche hits mountain highway leading to ski area
DENVER — A huge avalanche buried cars Saturday and may have pushed others over the edge Saturday on U.S. 40 near 11,307-foot-high Berthoud Pass, Colorado highway officials said.
"Our crews said it was the largest they have ever seen. It took three paths," said Stacey Stegman, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Seven people had been rescued and one was taken to a hospital, Stegman said.
The slide buried at least two cars, state Patrolman Eric Wynn told CNN.
Crews were probing the area for other vehicles, including any that may have gone off the road, Stegman said.
The avalanche was described as 100 feet wide and 15 feet deep.
Three snow storms in as many weeks have dumped more than 4 feet of snow on parts of Colorado.
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