U.S. 285 Rock Slide Photos

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

What an interesting way to start the weekend. Last night a 40 ton boulder slid from a steep embankment and landed on U.S. 285 near Indian Hills. Its absolutely amazing that this boulder didn’t land on a car traveling southbound. It took up 2 lanes and closed the highway for several hours. The boulder which was roughly 20 feet in diameter was eventually pushed from the road by 2 large front end loaders. The highway was re-opened but there is still a lot of clean up work taking place. I stopped by this morning in the awesome Colorado spring weather to get a couple of shots to go with our story.

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

The boulder to the right in this photo is the 40 ton rock that slid onto the highway. Looks small here but is actually about 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide. If you were to place it in the middle of a 2 lane road it would nearly impossible to drive around it in anything but a Toyota Prius.

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