Saturday, 20 April 2013

5 snowboarders killed on Colorado's Loveland Pass

5 snowboarders killed on Colorado's Loveland Pass, Five snowboarders killed on Colorado's Loveland Pass Saturday was the result of a backcountry avalanche, ABC News reports April 20. There were six snowboarders altogether when the unexpected slide happened, but the survivor's condition is unknown.

A witness to the emergency scene, said there was several ambulances,a firetruck, and two search dogs called out. At least one of the ambulances was towing snowmobiles back to the pass.

When skiers from Arapahoe Basin ski resort were alerted to the avalanche, they left the area. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed U.S. Route 6 near the resort to help out search and rescue crews.

Washington Post writes that the 600-foot wide, eight-foot deep avalanche was likely triggered by the snowboarders. The bodies of the five victims were transported to the Clear Creek coroner's office. Their identities haven't been released.

Loveland Pass has an elevation of 11,900 feet. It's known to be popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The pass recently got a large amount of spring snowfall and many were taking advantage of weekend to squeeze some extra fun time in before the snow melts off until next winter.

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