Avalanche Buries Cars on Highway 89 near Alpine Meadows

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Photo courtesy: CHP Truckee

Photo courtesy: CHP Truckee

ALPINE MEADOWS — Southbound Highway 89 between Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City was closed Monday after an avalanche buried the road, and two cars.

According to the CHP, the people in the cars that were caught in the avalanche are out safe and unharmed.

One of the passengers in a car that had become fully encased in snow was able to call 911 and alert authorities.

A roof of one of the cars had become immersed under at least 3 feet of snow. The two people trapped inside had turned the blinkers on, but crews were unable to see them under all the snow.

About 200 feet of the road was covered in snow, which was around 12 feet high, the CHP said.

There was no estimated time for the road to reopen.