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4 Skiers Killed in Avalanche in Utah, Officials Say


Four backcountry skiers were killed on Saturday in an avalanche in Utah, the police said.

The avalanche struck at about 11:40 a.m. local time in Millcreek Canyon, roughly 13 miles east of Salt Lake City, burying two groups of skiers — one group of five people and one group of three, said Sgt. Melody Cutler of the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.

Four of the skiers dug themselves out of the snow and then dug up the bodies of the four who had been killed, Sergeant Cutler said.

The four survivors were rescued after they called 911 and gave their location. She said they had experienced hypothermia and other minor injuries.

It was the third avalanche this week in the United States that claimed multiple lives.

Three backcountry skiers in southwestern Colorado were found dead on Wednesday, two days after the group they were traveling with had set off a large avalanche, officials said. Also on Wednesday, the bodies of three hikers were found at the scene of an avalanche in southern Alaska, the authorities said.

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