Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Missoula, Rattlesnake Valley, Mt. Jumbo
Summary: 1 snowplayer and 2 residents caught and buried, 1 resident killed
Heavy snows recent snows have fallen in the Missoula area and this morning's bulletin by the West Central Montana Avalanche Center started with, "This is certainly shaping up to be a memorable late February." Nine hours later that statement was confirmed.
Shortly after 4pm this afternoon (Friday) an avalanche released above town off the west side of Mt. Jumbo. The avalanche destroyed two houses and buried three people. One young boy was outside when caught, and the two others were inside a destroyed home. All were pulled from the snow and wreckage alive.
Update (3/3/2014): The woman found buried in the destroyed house passed away from her injuries.www.kpax.com
A bit of history: On Jan 9, 1993 a hard slab avalanche was triggered by young hikers on the east side of Mt. Jumbo. One boy was partly buried, and two were buried; one 12-year-old boy survived a 30-minute burial. Sadly, his 13-year-old friend died after being buried over 2 hours.
A link to the West Central Montana Avalanche Center's report will be provided when it becomes available.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 at 2256 MST.
Updated: 3 March at 1550 MST