Natural factors blamed for rock slide on NY road
Posted at: 10/19/2012 1:12 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
State officials say a rock slide that closed a northeastern New York road for two days was most likely caused by water that accumulated under a hill.
Transportation department officials tell local media outlets that sediment had filled in cracks on a cliff along a stretch of Route 4 in the Washington County town of Fort Ann, near the Vermont border. Geologists say that allowed water to gradually build up between the cracks, causing some 2,000 tons of rocks to slide onto a 200-yard stretch of the road Monday morning.
No one was injured, but some of the huge rocks narrowly missed several vehicles.
The road, a main route between Vermont and New York, reopened Wednesday afternoon.