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Slides Close Portion of Going-to-Sun Road
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. - A short heavy rain event on Tuesday afternoon triggered several mud and rock slides on the Going-to-the-Sun Road prompting the closure of the road between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass. The closure will be in effect through the night and it is unknown at this time when the closure will be lifted.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Glacier National Park Dispatch received reports of several mud and rock slides along approximately 5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road located above The Loop to an area near Triple Arches. Park rangers, road contractors and other National Park Service employees responded to the incident. Two visitors sustained minor injuries and were attended to by park rangers, and a visitor with diabetic needs was transported to a medical facility by Three Rivers Ambulance.
Approximately 10 vehicles were trapped in the slide area. One vehicle incurred damage and will be towed, and several vehicles are being escorted out of the closure area via one lane of traffic as rocks and debris are removed. Park and contractor equipment is being used to remove and move debris.
Please visit the road status information on the park's website at http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm for updated road access information.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.