Colorado avalanche kills five snowboarders: sheriff

Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:55pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Five backcountry snowboarders were killed and one other survived an avalanche on Saturday at Colorado's Loveland Pass, a local sheriff's department said.

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger told Reuters that the snowboarders apparently triggered the avalanche at the 11,990-foot (3,651-meter) pass.

The avalanche occurred at about 1 p.m. (1900 GMT) just above the Loveland Ski Area, he said. The bodies are being recovered.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Paul Simao)

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