The icy road conditions kept winter outdoor enthusiasts away from home a little longer than expected on Thursday, January 28, when attempting to ski down from Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.
The situation was reported around 2 p.m. when a tow truck driver called the Baker County Dispatch Center to say that at least one vehicle had slipped off the Anthony Lakes Highway, said Ashley McClay, a spokeswoman for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.
At one point, officers from the sheriff’s department and a forest service police officer were working with Anthony Lakes to close the parking lot and keep people from leaving until road conditions improved, McClay said.
Undersheriff Jef Van Arsdall reported that at least 10 vehicles slipped off the road before traffic was interrupted. Speed didn’t seem to be a factor in the crashes. Snow plows were called in to spread sand on the freeway, McClay said.
“Road conditions were extremely bad,” she said, adding that Van Arsdall reported that a vehicle continued to slide after its automatic transmission was parked and he even had trouble staying upright when he was on the road went.
Once the freeway was grinded, 38 vehicles were escorted off the mountain with a police escort, McClay said.