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Police: 3 injured, 2 missing in Independence Pass avalanche

Avalanche

TWIN LAKES, Colo. — Three people were injured and two more are missing after an avalanche Saturday, according to the Vail and Summit County division of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Saturday evening at approximately 8:21 p.m., CAIC tweeted that there had been an avalanche on the Twin Lakes side of Independence Pass.

The center reported that two individuals were injured and two were missing.

Betty Benson of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office later told FOX31 Denver Saturday evening three people were injured in the avalanche and two were still missing.

She confirmed the avalanche site is six miles west of Twin Lakes Village and added that an active search is underway.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Management released another update on Facebook a little before 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The post said an avalanche on Highway 82 about one mile from the LaPlata parking area was reported at approximately 5 p.m. It involved seven skiers, who prompted the avalanche from the top of the ridge.

Three skiers were transported to the hospital with reported injuries such as a broken leg, broken ankle and possible broken rib with a collapsed lung, said the Lake County OEM.

Two others walked away from the incident unharmed and officials said they are still searching for the remaining two skiers.

Benson added that there is no search underway in the dark, and crews will continue the search at first light Sunday morning.

This page will continue to be updated as more information is released.

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