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Deputies Called to Two Avalanches

Deputies Called to Two Avalanches



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- An avalanche rips through Aspen Grove above Sundance -- tearing down hundreds of pine trees.

It happened yesterday. The Utah County Sheriff's Department says the winds caused by the avalanche also threw debris up to a mile-an-a-half away.

Deputies say, they don't believe there were any victims of the avalanche.

The slide happened in the same place where three snowboarders were killed back in December of 2003.

Officers were also called to another large avalanche yesterday about four miles up Santaquin Canyon.

The avalanche occurred either Monday or Tuesday. Deputies discovered two men may be trapped behind the slide.

The Sheriff's Office sent an airplane to fly over the area to find them -- they eventually did locate the men who were struggling to climb up and over the slide.

However, the men did eventually make over the hill to safety.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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