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Rocks close Westside Road at mountain

2:52 pm May 16th, 2014

The Westside Road, in Mount Rainier National Park, near the park’s southwest entrance, has been closed to the public until further notice due to a rockfall involving truck-sized boulders that occurred some time before May 14, destroying an automobile. 
On Thursday afternoon, a park resource management crew returning from a multi-night monitoring trip found that a rockfall, involving numerous large boulders had occurred on the Westside Road at the Dry Creek public parking area. A private vehicle that had been parked there suffered total damage when one of the boulders apparently hit it squarely on the driver’s side, severely damaging the vehicle and pushing it nearly over the edge of the roadway., according to a park spokeswoman.
The vehicle was unoccupied and the rockfall was unwitnessed. 
The park will announce when the road is open again to the publlic, the spokeswoman said.

Boulders the size of cars that tumbled onto Westside Road at Mount Rainier National Park, closing the road until further notice. (National Park Service photo)

Boulders the size of cars that tumbled onto Westside Road at Mount Rainier National Park, closing the road until further notice. (National Park Service photo)

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