An avalanche fatality!

13 November 2010

Paul W alerted me by e-mail about a tragic accident in Val d’Isere this morning. Below is the report copied from David’s excellent website.

‘A 4×4 has been hit by an avalanche on the Col d’Iseran close to the orientation table (2350m, north slope) above the ski resort of Val d’Isere. A 22 year old man has been killed in the accident a 44 year old, who was apparently standing next to the vehicle, was seriously injured. It appears the vehicle had stopped due to the depth of snow on the road. The accident occurred at between 08h00 and 09h00. The col d’Iseran is closed to traffic for the winter, however the men were working on the construction of a mountain restaurant at the Col.’

Apparently it has warmed up about10C over the past 24-hours, which greatly increased the weight of the snowpack and lead to this avalanche.

Stay tuned for better news in the near future!

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