By Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Department of Transportation says a landslide has buckled Oregon Highway 42, also known as the Coos Bay-Roseburg Highway.

The Oregonian reports ( the roadway in southern Oregon is expected to be closed indefinitely near the border of Coos and Douglas counties.

Authorities say the 200-to-300-foot-long slide has covered most of the two-lane state highway with mud and rock.

Jared Castle of the Oregon Department of Transportation says the roadway will be closed for at least a week, but it’s too early to say for certain.

The slide happened on Thursday afternoon on a section that has been involved in an effort to straighten out some severe curves along the Middle Fork of the Coquille River.

Heavy rain this month saturated the ground, defeating efforts at erosion control.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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