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6 Dead in Avalanche in Italian Alps

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    Six Dead in Avalanche in Italian Alps, Search Continues
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    Rescuers prepare to board helicopters in Valle Aurina, in the Italian Alps, in order to reach the spot in Monte Nevoso where six backcountry skiers have died in an avalanche Saturday, March 12, 2016.

    Six skiers were killed in an avalanche in the Italian Alps on Saturday, making it one of the deadliest to hit the area in years, Reuters reported.

    The avalanche took place during the morning at more than 9,800 feet on Mount Nevoso, or “Snowy Mountain,” in South Tyrol, near the Austrian border. The skiers were climbing to the summit and were planning to ski down. the cause is still unknown.

    Four of the victims were Italian citizens and the two others have yet to be identified, according to a fire department spokeswoman. An injured Austrian woman was being treated in hospital. 

    Search crews were continuing to search for more bodies.