French officials: Alps avalanche kills 3 tourists, injures 1

French officials: Alps avalanche kills 3 tourists, injures 1


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French officials: Alps avalanche kills 3 tourists, injures 1

Associated Press1 April 2015 14:23-04:00

(AP) — Three foreign tourists — two Austrians and an Italian — have died in an avalanche in the French Alps, and a fourth tourist has been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries.

Hautes-Alpes department officials said that the snow slide took place mid-afternoon Wednesday in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon, as a group of skiers — all non-French nationals — were travelling along a mountain.

Officials say that seven of the skiers are currently holed up in a refuge building nearby at an altitude of about 3,500 meters (11,500 feet), and will stay there overnight until emergency services are able to rescue them.


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