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Avalanche Aftermath Caught on Tape

By: Mindy Stone
By: Mindy Stone

A Colorado Springs man lives to tell his story about the Avalanche that swept over Berthoud Pass on Saturday.

Eight people were trapped in two cars that were pushed off the road. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt.

Michael Pasquariello stopped to get some windshield wiper fluid as he was driving up to a Colorado ski resort. And those few minutes are what he believes saved him from getting caught in the massive Avalanche.

This is home video shot just minutes after a snow-slide tumbled over Berthoud Pass. "We've been up there a dozen times, up to Winter Park and have never seen anything like this," said Pasquariello. Michael Pasquariello, his 11-year old daughter and her friend were on their way to go skiing at Winter Park. When brake lights stopped them dead in their tracks. "Haley and Emily grabbed their phones and started taking pictures as fast as they could. I grabbed the video camera and shot about two and a half minutes worth of video and took some pictures," said Pasquariello. "It was before emergency personnel arrived. We could see all the snow covering the road. We saw 3 survivors leaving the scene." Pasquariello says the scene was not chaotic as you may imagine. "It was eerily quiet. Everyone was hoping everyone was okay underneath the snow." You can see first responders probing the snow packed highway. While rescuers search for survivors. "I was really surprised only 2 vehicles. With the amount of snow there and how packed it was, it could have been very disastrous," said Pasquariello.

Pasquariello only has a few minutes of video to share with us because he says he and other bystanders were asked to leave when emergency personnel arrived. He is trained to be a first responder and could have stayed. But, he decided not to with two young kids by his side.


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