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Guard: Avalanche hit the soldiers were checking slope safety

JERICHO, Vt. – Vermont National Guard officials say the avalanche that six soldiers were injured, while the slope was checked for safety.

Lt.-Col. Matthew Brown, head of the Army’s Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, Vermont, said Friday that two of the soldiers remain in the hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the Wednesday avalanche on the slopes at Smugglers Notch.

He would not describe the injuries, but they said no one was buried under the snow.

The soldiers were running at about 900 metres down the mountain after the snow on the slope gave way.

The Vermont National Guard to run the winter training in the notch since the beginning of the 1990s, and no one could remember another avalanche.

Heavy snow has fallen over a large part of the region in the past few weeks.

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