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Five Skiers Killed In Avalanche South Of Innsbruck

Avalanche in AustriaThe British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is reporting that Tirol police the news outlet 27 people in two ski tour groups had been caught up in a massive avalanche on the Junsjoch mountain near the Wattental valley, south of Innsbruck.

The snow slide was said to have been more than a mile (1.6km) wide and about 16ft (4.8m) high.

Rescue workers with dog teams, assisted by helicopters, launched a search.

Some of the skiers managed to dig themselves out while others were rescued.

The injured have been taken to hospitals in the region.

Map: Avalanche strikes south of Innsbruck (BBC) 

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