Sunday, 21 April 2013

Colorado avalanche: 5 snowboarders die in avalanche

Colorado avalanche: 5 snowboarders die in avalanche, Five snowboarders were killed Saturday afternoon in an avalanche in the Loveland Pass of Colorado, The Associated Press reported April 20.

Five snowboarders died in a backcountry avalanche in Colorado, while it appears that one snowboarder survived the avalanche.

Don Krueger, Clear Creek County sheriff, said in a statement that six snowboarders were caught in the avalanche, which they may have triggered.

Five of the Colorado snowboarders died. Their bodies were recovered several hours later.

The condition of the surviving snowboarder wasn’t immediately known.

The deaths of the five snowboarders bring the number of avalanche fatalities to 11 this year, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed a highway as many skiers were headed home from nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort, said.

Loveland Pass, located in the Rocky Mountains, has an elevation of 11,990 feet. The pass is popular among backcountry skiers and snowboarders.

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