1 killed after avalanche buries 3 people in Montana

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

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The Park County Sheriff’s Office says two riders were able to dig themselves out Saturday from the slide north of Cooke City on the Montana-Wyoming line. Officials said Sunday that continuing snowfall and strong winds have made the snowpack unstable and natural and human-triggered snow slides are likely. The warnings cover the mountains near Cooke City, the Madison Range, the Gallatin Range, the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone and the Bridger Range.

The victim was unable to deploy his airbag, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased, his family and friends and the riding party he was with. We are thankful for the other riders in the area and the SAR members who helped these men during a difficult situation,” wrote Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst.

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