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Date: 2005-05-23
Submitted By: NWAC
Place: North Sister Mountain
State: OR
Country: USA
Summary: 2 Hikers critically injured


Two Critically Injured by Ore. Avalanche

By Associated Press

May 23, 2005, 1:12 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. -- An avalanche struck a small group of hikers on the side of a mountain in the Cascades of central Oregon, injuring two of them.

The avalanche started above the foursome Sunday afternoon as they hiked at the 8,000-foot level of North Sister Mountain, said Lt. Michael Johnston of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Two of the hikers called 911, and Nancy Miller, 40, and James Ellers, 36, were removed from the mountainside by Oregon National Guard helicopters, said Guard spokeswoman Kay Fristad.

Miller and Ellers were listed in serious condition Monday at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, said hospital spokeswoman Minta Woll.

All four hikers are from Portland.

Copyright (c) 2005, The Associated Press

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