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Avalanche at California ski resort leaves 2 injured


Olympic Valley (US), Mar 3: An avalanche at a California ski resort that caught five people has left injured 2 people, one of them seriously.

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Dozens of rescuers rushed to the scene Friday afternoon at Squaw Valley Ski Resort east of Sacramento. Local television stations posted dramatic video of people digging out a man buried under snow. The resort says a man was hospitalized with a serious lower body injury, another person was treated and released and three people weren't hurt. The resort has been closed.

The avalanche occurred a day after a snowboarder died at the resort. The man's body was found under feet of snow Friday, the day after a blizzard packing 150-mph winds hit the Sierra Nevada.

An avalanche has prompted the closure of the Squaw Valley ski resort in Northern California. The Placer County Sheriff's Department tweeted Friday that it appears that all skiers and snowboarders had been accounted for, Sheriff's officials say the avalanche occurred at about 3 pm. Squaw Valley is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) east of Sacramento.


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