Nobody hurt in rock slide in Echo |

Nobody hurt in rock slide in Echo

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A rock slide in the North Summit area forced the closure of the Old Echo Highway Tuesday when stones the size of cars blocked the road, authorities said.

No injuries were reported and no vehicles were damaged.

"It looked like a rock about the size of a house came down and broke into pieces on the roadway," said Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The slide, which hit about three miles east of Echo Junction at about 7:15 p.m., also blocked railroad tracks in Echo.

"One deputy called into dispatch while responding and asked that Union Pacific Railroad be contacted and asked that trains be stopped in the area," Bridge said. "As a train approached, it was able to stop before colliding with the large rocks on the train tracks."

The Old Echo Highway was closed in both directions for about three hours.

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"It was impassable," Bridge said.

The boulders cut holes in the road, he said.

"The road was damaged," Bridge said. "It has holes and craters."

The rock slide also downed utility lines and power was lost at a nearby rest area, Bridge said.

"No structures were threatened or anything like that," he said.