By Chad Taylor
The Reflector 

Cause, timeline undetermined after 'catastrophic' slide on road to Mount St. Helens


Last updated 5/19/2023 at 3:09pm

Courtesy of WSDOT

Washington State Department of Transportation and members of the Washington State Patrol respond to the scene of a landslide along Spirit Lake Highway on Monday, May 15.

A massive landslide on Sunday night took out a section of the upper portion of state Route 504, also known as Spirit Lake Highway.

As of Tuesday morning, only one thing was certain: It's going to be a long time before travelers can make it up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory or other upper reaches of the road, which takes drivers from Castle Rock to Mount St. Helens.

A news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on Tuesday afternoon stated the cause of the slide and the timeline for the road's repair were still yet to be determined.

The release did provide more detail on the disaster, in which no people were hurt but several were trapped on the remote half of the road overnight. Those people and one dog were rescued by the King County Sheriff's Office.

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