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

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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