Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: NWAC
Place: North Sister Mountain
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.
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