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Trail closed at least until spring after deadly slide

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 02 2013 12:18:18 PM CDT

Pictured: Agnes Vaille Falls about a week before the deadly slide.
Credit: Ron Forseth

DENVER -

The U.S. Forest Service says a popular Colorado trail where a rock slide killed five members of the same family will remain closed at least until spring.

John Peterson, deputy supervisor for the San Isabel National Forest, said Wednesday that Forest Service experts must inspect the site to see if it's feasible and safe to rebuild the trail.
    
He says that won't happen until after the coming winter.
    
A rockslide buried the trail Monday, killing a Colorado couple, one of their daughters and two of their nephews from Missouri. Another daughter survived with a broken leg after her father shielded her.
    
Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze says the trail should be closed permanently.
    
The short, scenic trail leads to Agnes Vaille Falls and is a local favorite.

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