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B.C. highway reopened after Sunday rockslide

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Highway crews cleared a rockslide Sunday evening, which closed a 10-km stretch of highway on th...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Highway crews cleared a rockslide Sunday evening, which closed a 10-km stretch of highway on the Sea-to-Sky Highway for a portion of the day.

There were no reports of injuries or vehicle damage as a result of the rockslide along Hwy. 99, which is the main route leading from Vancouver to Whistler, B.C.

Transportation ministry spokesman Mike Long told local media crews were hampered by one particularly large boulder that was swept onto the road by the slide. Requiring blasting to be removed the rock was covered with set charges and blown into smaller pieces.

Rock blasting has been part of the highway expansion plan in the area as B.C. prepares for the 2010 Olympics, but the exact cause of the rockslide is undetermined. Geotechnical experts were also sent to the scene to investigate what could have caused the slide.

The slide happened at Ansell Place, at Horseshoe Bay, near West Vancouver.

— with files from the Canadian Press


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