Huge landslide covers National Park road in Alaska

Huge landslide covers National Park road in Alaska

October 25th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

This Oct, 24, 2013 photo, released by the National Park Service shows a large landslide in Denali National Park that has covered parts of a road already inaccessible near Sable Pass, Alaska.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A massive landslide in Denali National Park in Alaska rained tons of rock and soil on parts of a road that attracts scores of tourists each summer.

Crews began clearing the 200-foot stretch of Denali Park Road Friday, but park officials say it's not immediately clear if road damage or instability of the terrain will affect visitors next summer. Officials say crews will take advantage of unseasonably mild weather conditions, working seven days a week as long as possible.

The slide debris is piled in depths of up to 35 feet. That part of the road, 37 miles in, is already closed this time of year. There are no known casualties.

Park spokeswoman Kris Fister says the landslide was discovered Wednesday by road-crew supervisors.