Tragedy Out Of Montana -- Avalanche Kills One, Injures One

Tobacco Root Mountains, Montana - Credit: Mike Cline [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

The run of avalanche tragedy has made its way into Montana this past Friday, Jan. 25. One man was killed, one injured, and two were rescued in this incident.

Part of a group of four skiers, Benjamin Hirsch-McShane, 35, were in the Montana back country when the snow gave way, taking two of the group with it. Aside from Hirsch-McShane there was on other injured man. This man was taken by helicopter to a hospital. He was been reported in stable condition. The two others were able to hold onto trees to keep from being swept away by the avalanche and were rescued without serious injury.

Several local authorities assisted in the rescue, including the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Forest Service, Gallatin Search and Rescue, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Two Bear Air, Central Copters, and LifeFlight Air Ambulance.


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