I giant boulder as big as a house is blocking a highway in southwest Colorado after crashing down from a rock ledge on Friday.
Photo: Colorado Department of Transportation
Photo: Colorado Department of Transportation

Giant, 10-million-pound boulders, one as large as house, shut down Colorado highway

>> Read more trending news 

The rocks, weighing a combined 10 million pounds, plummeted off a cliff some 850 feet above Colorado Highway 145, according to KCNC-TV.

One of the boulders is as large as house, an official with the Colorado Department of Transportation told KUSA-TV.

The rocks destroyed the highway pavement and created a trench 8 feet deep, CDOT said on social media.

The regional transportation director for CDOT in southwest Colorado, Mike McVaugh said repair crews were surprised when they arrived at the scene.

“They sent a plow truck out, they sent a supervisor out. They showed up on-site and they were like, ‘That’s not going to work. We’ve got some really big rocks here,’” McVaugh recounted. 

>> Trending: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee allegedly suffered elder abuse; former manager arrested

Highway crews are working to repair the road but will have to blast the larger rock into smaller pieces to remove it. Meanwhile, CO 145 between Cortez and Telluride will remain closed.

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X