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February 14, 2014

Snow cushions highway plunge requiring rope rescue

The passengers landed in 8 feet of snow and were seriously injured but able to communicate during the complicated rescue

The Associated Press

VAIL, Colo. — 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.

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The rescue took about two hours. Two firefighters rappelled down to the car and crews used ropes to rescue the passengers.

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