Avalanche traps delivery truck, closes Teton Pass

Avalanche traps delivery truck, closes Teton Pass

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A Wyoming Department of Transportation crew clears snow from Teton Pass in April 2018. An avalanche on Highway 22 recently closed the pass.

JACKSON (AP) — A busy mountain road in western Wyoming is back open after two avalanches closed it for about 10 hours, including one that trapped a delivery box truck.

Driver Riley Doyle was alone in the truck and unhurt in the first slide on Teton Pass around midday Thursday on Wyoming Highway 22 near the Idaho line.

The Buckrail reports that while highway crews were responding to that avalanche, another one was triggered nearby. No one was caught in that slide.

The avalanche that trapped Doyle's truck was 150 feet wide and 2-3 feet deep, Wyoming Department of Transportation spokeswoman Stephanie Harsha said.

Over a foot of snow had fallen over parts of the Teton Range before the slides. More snow is forecast for the area Friday night before spreading along western Wyoming, according to The National Weather Service.

Teton Pass is a busy route for tourists and Idaho residents who work in Jackson Hole. Avalanches close the pass often.

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