Scary Mudslide Caught On Tape On Idaho U.S. Highway 95

Apr 12, 2017

"This is bad," says an unknown voice on the video. That seems to be an understatement, as 800 cubic yards of hillside slide down onto the roadway south of Bonners Ferry.

The slide was caught on video by Idaho Transportation Department workers on April 7.

Here's what happened: ITD Land Surveyor Mathew Wilson was checking out the stability of the hillside. As he videotaped, he heard popping and cracking coming from the site. Flaggers on the scene stopped traffic as horrified workers watched. Three minutes later, the hill slowly slides right down onto the road.

The whole thing was caught on video.

Since the slide, ITD crews have cleaned up the mess. And they dug out an extra 600 cubic yards of dirt to create a channel for water to run off.

Right now, one lane of the road is open and flaggers are directing traffic. Crews says the hillside is still unstable. Rain and snow are believed to be the culprit.

Slides have already hit Idaho Highways 3, 5, 57 and 97.

Check out the video from ITD below:

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