Aug 9, 2010 11:54 PM by Matt Stafford

Lucky to be okay after falling rocks on Highway 24

The "falling rock" signs on Highway 24 sure weren't lying Monday afternoon.

"Pay attention to them because it could happen at any time," warns Capt. Linda J. Radice with the Manitou Springs Fire Department.

Brad Hodgeman hears that warning loud and clear after his family vacation came to halt. His family's car and camper were smashed by falling boulders near Manitou Springs.

Hodgeman says he first saw dust from rocks moving above on the cliff.

"A half second later it just hit us like someone T-boned us," Hodgeman explains.

The impact turned the family camper into Swiss cheese, leaving boulders in the back and several hitting the car too.

"There was a boulder that obviously hit the pillar in front of my wife," says Hodgeman, describing the damage. "Something went through the window right behind one of my boys."

"He (brother Kaden) was right in front of that back window that it smashed," Corbin Hodgeman says.

"We were really lucky," says his brother Kaden.

"It (boulder) could have gone one way or another within inches," says Capt Radice, chiming in on how lucky this family was.

We can chalk this one up to a close call, but a caution to drivers -- recent heavy rains could be making scenes like this more frequent.

"This is the second one we've had in two weeks," Capt Radice says.

In the mean time crews are keeping a close eye on the cliffs.

As for the Hodgeman family; it looks like the vacation pics may not be of the favorite part of the trip, but they'll sure be a reminder.

"We were lucky," says Brad as he turns to stare at his family's car.



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