Highway 285 near Poncha Springs reopens after mudslide cleanup

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Northbound traffic on Highway 285 south of Poncha Springs Wednesday morning. / Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

Northbound traffic on Highway 285 south of Poncha Springs Wednesday morning. / Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

PONCHA SPRINGS, Colo. — Highway 285 has reopened after an overnight closure due to multiple mudslides near Poncha Springs.

The highway was closed overnight from Marshall Pass Road to Poncha Pass, north and south of Poncha Springs. It reopened around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Drivers should continue to watch for muddy spots on the roadway.

The Colorado State Patrol said the mudslides happened during a severe thunderstorm Tuesday night. Several passenger cars and a semi were caught in the slides, but no injuries were reported.

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