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WASHINGTON STATE: Snowshoer dies in avalanche

A snowshoer has died, hours after she was dug out of an avalanche by fellow hikers, and a man remained missing Sunday, a day after two avalanches struck separate groups hiking in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle, authorities said. Sgt. Katie Larson of the King County Sheriff's Office said rescuers worked through the night in blizzard-like conditions to carry the snowshoer off the mountain just after midnight. "The conditions yesterday were horrific," Larson said. The woman had been hiking with her dog Saturday afternoon when an avalanche hit Red Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass. Buried in five feet of snow, she was dug out with the help of the other snowshoers also been caught in the avalanche. It was the first avalanche fatality in Washington for the season, according to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center in Seattle. Nationwide, 16 others have died avalanches this season.


ALASKA: Boy lost in glacier crevasse

A 9-year-old boy on a snowmobile is feared dead after falling 200 feet into a crevasse on a glacier. Climbers descended into the hole and spotted the snowmobile driven by Shjon Brown of Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said Shjon was with his father Saturday, riding in the Hoodoo Mountains off the Richardson Highway between Delta Junction and Glennallen. When the father took a break to watch from a hillside, he said he saw Shjon ride around a small mound and not reappear. The hole was reported as a "moulin," a hole formed when water of the glacier surface erodes the ice. Climbers from North American Outdoor Institute and an emergency room doctor reached the bottom of the crevasse. The boy is believed under the snowmobile in deep snow.


CALIFORNIA: Bus accident injures 16

A tour bus carrying visitors from Yosemite National Park was traveling at an unsafe speed when the driver lost control and crashed on a mountain road, leaving 16 people with minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. The bus was about six miles outside the park's south entrance when it went off Highway 41, a winding road, and crashed about 6 p.m. Saturday. It came to a stop when it hit a tree.

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