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Avalanche kills 5 snowboarders in Colorado

April 20, 2013 at 7:36 PM   |   Comments

GEORGETOWN, Colo., April 20 (UPI) -- An avalanche slammed into a group of back-country snowboarders in Colorado Saturday afternoon, killing five of them, authorities said. There was one survivor.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office said the snow slide occurred between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Loveland Pass outside the boundaries of the Loveland Ski Area, The Denver Post reported.

"I believe that at this point in time everyone is accounted for, but I'm not sure," Sheriff Don Krueger said.

The snowboarder who survived was able to walk around.

The names of the victims were not available.

Colorado Transportation Department officials reported online about 3:30 p.m. a snow slide had closed U.S. 6 at Loveland Pass, the Post said.

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