1 killed, 1 hospitalized after Colorado avalanche | VailDaily.com

1 killed, 1 hospitalized after Colorado avalanche

RIDGWAY, Colorado – An avalanche in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado has killed a backcountry skier and injured another.

Ouray County sheriff’s investigator Joel Burk says two men in a group of seven people using the backcountry hut system were caught in the avalanche Thursday near Ridgway.

Authorities say 27-year-old Kellen Robert Sams of Manitou Springs, tried to ride out the slide but struck a tree and died at the scene of multiple traumatic injuries.

Burk says 24-year-old Dominic Franz Muth of Breckenridge was hospitalized with a dislocated hip.

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