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Two missing in Colorado avalanche

Published On: Feb 16 2014 12:39:28 AM CST
Mountain avalanche

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Two people are missing following an avalanche in Colorado, according to several news sources.

ABC7News in Denver reported Saturday night that, according to the Colorado Avalanche and Information Center, the missing people were on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass.

NBCNews.com reported the avalanche struck at about 5 p.m. Saturday along Highway 82 southeast of Aspen and south of Leadville about one mile from the La Plata Gulch Trailhead parking lot.

The missing people were part of a group of seven skiers. Three people suffered broken bones and other injuries and two were unhurt, the Lake County Office of Emergency Management said.

The names of the victims were not released.

The search for the missing people was called off for the night but would resume early Sunday, NBC.com reported.

In a tweet at 8:21p.m., the CAIC said it was a "very large slide" that was near or above treeline, ABC7News reported.

Avalanches over the past week in Colorado, Utah and Oregon have left six people dead. A series of recent storms has heavily loaded slopes, raising the danger to high levels, weather experts say.

The Denver Post reports that the avalanche did not reach the road, and a team from the Colorado Department of Transportation is expected to arrive Sunday morning to conduct an assessment and determine a way to clear the area.

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