April 20, 2013 / 11:56 PM / 4 years ago

Colorado avalanche kills five snowboarders -sheriff

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April 20 (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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