Rock slide closes NY road near Vermont border
Posted at: 10/15/2012 2:06 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
A cliff alongside a northern New York collapsed early Monday, spilling massive boulders across the two lanes that will remain closed until at least Tuesday morning.
Police responded to Route 4 in Fort Ann, near the Vermont border, after 9 a.m. Monday after reports of a rock slide, according to The Post-Star of Glens Falls.
A witness told police she watched in her rear-view mirror as an SUV disappeared under the rocks. But infrared cameras didn't detect any source of heat under the rubble, no fluids were seen flowing and there was no smell of gasoline, police said. Police also told the newspaper they found no cellphone signals emanating from the rubble.
"Right now, there is no evidence there is a car under there," Washington County Public Safety Director Bill Cook said early Monday afternoon.
Heavy equipment was brought in to break up and remove the rock and Cook said workers believed they could do the job without blasting. Cleanup was delayed early Monday afternoon as officials waited for geology experts to say whether the rest of the rock was stable.
Photo courtesy of WNYT.