SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two snowboarders accused of causing an avalanche that buried a road above the Eisenhower Tunnel may have to pay $168,000 in damages. The snowboarders gave prosecutors the evidence.

(credit: Summit County)

The GoPro video shows the slide covering the service road. The avalanche buried hundreds of feet of roadway above the west portal of the Eisenhower Tunnel last March. It covered what’s known as the Loop Road in 20 feet of debris.

(credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center)

Summit County prosecutors want the two to pay for repairs to a very expensive avalanche mitigation device that was damaged by the slide.

The two snowboarders have pleaded not guilty.

(credit: Colorado Avalanche Information Center)

Jennifer McRae

Comments (3)
  1. Seanlt says:

    Summit County prosecutors should have their heads examined, that’s a pathetic charge, it’s obvious an “Act of god” and not something they should even bring charges for.

  2. Bob Alexander says:

    There’s no conceivable way to make the case that a murder killed someone and the person might have died o their own either.

  3. Don’t be ridiculous! There’s no conceivable way to make the case that the avalanche might not have occurred on its own. Take the $168,000 out of Summit County’s roads department, or better yet, prosecutors’ pay.

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