Montana avalanche triggered by trespassing snowboarder kills one

Montana avalanche triggered by trespassing snowboarder kills one

A Montana avalanche buried a home and trapped three people. Now reports are claiming a snowboarder might be responsible.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s said that Colorado avalanches are the deadliest in the United States. Experts say that those having fun in the snow should be aware of their surroundings, looks for signs of instability, and take classes so they can be prepared in the event they’re caught up in an avalanche.

Steve Karkanen, director of the Missoula-based West Central Montana Avalanche Center, says the avalanche was estimated to be about 1,800 feet long and 300 feet wide, but as it traveled down the 35-degree slope at 180 mph it picked up energy by being funneled through a gully. When the Montana avalanche swept down into a neighborhood it crushed a house at the foot of the mountain, literally pulling the home off of its foundation.

Three people were trapped inside and 100 neighbors plus 20 members of a professional response team descended upon the destruction to mount a rescue effort. Fred Allendorf and his wife, Michel Colville, were buried along with an eight-year-old boy named Phoenix Scoles-Coburn. Fortunately, the child was rescued early on since he was playing outside the house. He’s said to be in fair condition but the older couple were not so lucky. The wife passed away Monday morning while the husband is still said to be in serious condition at the hospital.

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