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Colorado mountain avalanche: 2 killed, 3 injured

A mountain avalanche near Denver, Colorado
A mountain avalanche near Denver, Colorado

A Colorado avalanche occurred on Star Mountain near Leadville, late afternoon on Saturday. The large avalanche killed two persons and injured three others, according to a Yahoo! News report on Sunday. This was the third such deadly happening in less than one week.

According to a spokesperson for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, the avalanche was started by seven skiers on Star Mountain. The bodies of two of the skiers were found the next afternoon.

The surviving skiers had multiple injuries including a collapsed lung, a broken leg and a broken ankle, as well as a possible broken rib. All three were hospitalized, but one has been discharged after being treated.

Following two solid weeks of heavy snow in the area, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center was warning of dangerous conditions across a great deal of the Colorado mountains. At the beginning of last week, Kevin Kuybus, 46 of Highlands Ranch died in an avalanche near Keystone Ski Resort.

The names of the deceased in Saturday’s tragic incident have not been released to the public as of yet.