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Summit County avalanche kills snowmobiler
First Published Mar 07 2014 07:35 pm • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 11:11 pm

A man died Friday in Summit County when an avalanche buried him.

The man was snowmobiling near Whitney Reservoir and Gold Hill Road about 6 p.m. when the avalanche hit him, according to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds. The man’s family managed to pull him out, but medical crews pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Police have not released the man’s name or age. Edmunds said only that he was from northern Utah.

Whitney Reservoir is located in the Uintah-Cache National Forest. According to the Utah Avalanche Center, that area had a considerable risk for avalanches at high elevations Friday and a moderate risk below the tree line. The Forest Service also warns that weather in the area "can change rapidly and can go from a reasonably warm summer day to winter-like conditions in a matter of hours."

The area where the man died is a popular place to snowmobile, Edmunds said. The area remains open, though Edmunds advised would-be visitors to be cautious.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jimmycdii




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