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Rockslide forces temporary closure of highway near Jasper

A rockslide near Jasper has made a stretch of the Yellowhead Highway inaccessible.

One side of the Yellowhead was buried in rocks when the bank gave way Saturday afternoon

A wave of rock came rushing down onto the highway, early Saturday morning. (Parks Canada )

A rockslide near Jasper is causing traffic snarl-ups along a stretch of the Yellowhead Highway.

RCMP closed Highway 16 from Jasper to the West Gate of Jasper National Park, Saturday, after the slide blocked traffic in both directions.

Steve Young, a communications officer for Jasper National Park, said that the rockslide happened early Saturday afternoon, and the deluge of rocks was so large is completely buried one side of the road.  

"They did hit a couple of cars, no one was seriously injured but the road is obviously closed," said Young.

 

Parks Canada officials say highway maintenance, and emergency personnel are on scene, working to clear the road.

The park has brought in geo-technicians to look at the slide and assess stability of the rocky banks which flank the highway.

"Obviously we don't want to put anyone in danger and safety is the priority right now," Young said in an interview with CBC News.

The highway has since re-opened to alternating traffic, but drivers in the area can expect delays.  Further updates will be posted to Alberta 511.

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