20+ people rescued from tunnel in Glenwood Canyon due to mudslides, 65-70 stranded at rest area

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — More than 20 people were rescued in a tunnel in Glenwood Canyon on Thursday night after a storm passed over the canyon before a closure could be implemented, causing several mudslides.

As of Friday afternoon around 3:45 p.m., another 65-70 people were being moved after getting stranded between debris flows at the Bear Ranch rest area, according to the CDOT.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had to clear a path in the tunnel through two different debris flow areas so that the sheriff’s office and Glenwood Fire could rescue the stranded drivers.

CDOT was hoping to be able to get them out within the hour, even if there’s a flash flood warning. CDOT said most of them have their vehicles with them, which means there are probably some vehicles still trapped.

Early this morning, a bus reached the tunnel and took people back to Glenwood. Several motorists drove their own vehicles out, following the bus to safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

There were still multiple vehicles caught in the canyon on Friday morning.

At 9 a.m. Friday, CDOT said I-70 would remain closed through Glenwood Canyon for an extended time because of several mudslides that happened Thursday.

Drivers are asked to use the northern alternate route:

Flash flood watches were in effect Friday for most mountain zones. Mudslides and road closures are likely through the weekend. Glenwood Canyon will be closed all weekend.

SkyFOX flew over the area on Friday afternoon. In the player below, you can see the extensive amount of debris clogging the highway and equipment needed to get it cleared.

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