2 People Killed in Separate Avalanche Incidents in Europe Over the Weekend

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Valais region of Switzerland. Credit: Pixabay

One person was killed and another wounded in an avalanche in southern Switzerland, near the borders of France and Italy on Sunday afternoon, and on Saturday, one person was killed and another seriously injured after getting caught in an avalanche in Austria.

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Rax, Austria and Valais, Switzerland

Local police reported that four people were carried away by an avalanche at 9,200-feet Sunday morning near the area of Bovernier in the Swiss canton of Valais. A Swiss skier lost his life trapped under a 5-feet of snow, police reported.  Two others survived the avalanche unscathed and helped rescue the fourth person from the snow. The latter was hurt and flown to a hospital by helicopter. Valais is home to Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn mountain and upscale Alpine resorts.

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Reichenau an der Rax, Austria. Credit: TripAdvisor

The slide came hours after one person was killed and a second seriously injured when they got caught in an avalanche in Austria. The pair were part of a group who were in the Rax mountain range, near the town of Reichenau, when the slide hit on Saturday.

The seriously injured person was flown to a hospital by helicopter. Officials said no other people have been reported missing but they searched the area as a precaution.


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