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Originally published Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 12:14 PM

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Mudslide closes part of Highway 97A

Heavy rain triggered a mudslide near Wenatchee that covered part of Highway 97A, and a truck driver and two people inside a nearby home escaped.

The Associated Press

WENATCHEE, Wash. —

Heavy rain triggered a mudslide near Wenatchee that covered part of Highway 97A, and a truck driver and two people inside a nearby home escaped.

The Wenatchee World reported that rain Wednesday morning loosened dirt on a fire-ravaged canyon and sent mud racing down a slope at about 6:15 a.m.

A semitrailer truck was struck by the slide, but the driver was not injured. A mobile home in front of the slide remained upside and the two people inside also escaped injury.

The state Department of Transportation said Highway 97A remains closed. Traffic was rerouted to Highway 97 in Douglas County.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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