Avalanche covers Highway 50 in 20-foot wall of snow | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Avalanche covers Highway 50 in 20-foot wall of snow

CalTrans/Submitted to the TribuneA snowblower clears snow from Highway 50 after an avalanche slid onto the road.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.- While performing avalanche control Wednesday, CalTrans unleashed a slide that covered Highway 50 near Echo Summit in a 20-foot wall of snow. The snow was like “cement” and took more than four hours to clear from the road, said Mark Dinger, a spokesman for CalTrans. Graders, plows, blowers and loaders were used to cut into the wall. During the cleanup, the industrial-sized snowblowers blew four sets of shear pins, which are used to protect the blades when they encounter boulders, trees or other large objects, Dinger said.

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