UPDATE: Skiers missing after Colorado avalanche found dead

By: KAKE News (KMGH) -- Email
By: KAKE News (KMGH) -- Email
Both of the skiers who were caught in an avalanche Saturday night have been found dead, the Lake County Sheriff

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LEADVILLE, Colo. (KMGH) -- Both of the skiers who were caught in an avalanche Saturday night have been found dead, the Lake County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday.

Seven skiers were near the top of the ridge that activated the avalanche, according to the Lake County OEM. Three people were taken to the hospital in Leadville with injuries including a broken leg, broken ankle and possible broken rib and collapsed lung. Two people walked to safety unharmed.

"One person has been released from the hospital," the Lake County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said on its Facebook page around 11a.m.

"One person has been released from the hospital," the OEM said Sunday. "Two other persons have been transferred to other hospitals due to the nature of the injuries."

The avalanche was reported at about 5 p.m. Saturday on Highway 82, about 1 mile beyond the LaPlata parking area and 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village.

The avalanche did not reach the road and CDOT will also be on scene Sunday to assess the situation and determine the safest way to clear the area, Lake County OEM said.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.


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