January 14, 2014 9:10 am
Updated: January 14, 2014 9:16 am

Hwy 16 East closed for hours near Mount Robson due to landslide: No vehicles trapped


Watch: South Coast alpine avalanche risk

An avalanche caused a large landslide on Highway 16 Monday morning.

Valemount RCMP say the slide occurred on Shale Hill, near Mount Robson at about 9:30 a.m.

The slide was estimated to be about 40 metres wide and two feet deep. For a time it was unknown if any vehicles were involved or caught in the avalanche, but RCMP have now said there are no vehicles in the debris.

However, Highway 16 was closed for hours between Jasper and Tete Jaune, but has since reopened.

The Ministry of Transportation says the risk of additional slides is very high.

A detour was available via Hwy 95 from Golden to Radium, Hwy 93 South from Radium to Castle Junction.

Looking up at the landslide this morning. Credit: Brian Chippendale.

Lakes District maintenance crews were also on scene for hours assessing the scale and scope of the slide.

Highway 1 was also closed between Lake Louise and Field B.C. due to a large avalanche, and Golden and Revelstoke due to several small avalanches.

For any updates in road closures and conditions, visit the DriveBC website.

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