Avalanche Sweeps Car Off Teton Pass, Wyoming

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A massive avalanche was triggered above Teton Pass outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Thursday afternoon and swept a car off the road.

According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, an unidentified man driving a Jeep, was blasted off the road by the slide which piled over 20 feet of snow on the highway.

His Jeep spun around and came to a stop on its side on top of a steep cliff. The next car to crash into the scene helped the man out of his car. Fortunately, no injuries are being reported at this time.

The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reports the slide may have been caused by a skier and occurred around 4:50 p.m. MST on the east side of the summit near the Twin Slides route, a highly-trafficked backcountry zone.

“Trigger information is preliminary and unconfirmed, may have been skier triggered, remotely triggered by a skier or a natural release. A vehicle was hit and swept of the highway,” the Avalanche Center confirmed.

A backcountry avalanche warning has been put into effect from 6 p.m. Thursday evening until 6 p.m. Friday.

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It’s currently dumping in Jackson right now, with more snow on the way. With this type of activity going on, we encourage everyone to stay inbounds, use extreme caution and be patient for backcountry conditions to stabilize.

We’ll update this story as more information is available. 

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