Two rescued from car buried under avalanche are okay
Caltrans says State Route 89 is back open between Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City after an avalanche.
About 1AM January 23, 2017, North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) and Squaw Valley Fire responded to a call for a crash and avalanche between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows.
Firefighter/paramedics found what looked like an avalanche about 200 yards wide and 12 feet high. A search of the snow led crews to a car completely buried in snow with two people inside. Another partially-buried car had no one inside.
Crews say it took about half an hour to free the victims from the car. Neither was hurt.
NTFPD says the avalanche was a result of a natural trigger. 89 was closed several hours after the incident.
NTFPD says, "It is important to be aware of avalanche dangers when traveling in hazardous areas. Make sure to always keep ample food, water, and blankets in your car in the event you are unable to escape your vehicle. It is also important to stay as calm as possible, and shut your vehicle off. Do not leave your vehicle running, carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly."