French Alps avalanche hits group of schoolchildren, one dead

  • Reuters, Paris
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2016 01:27 IST
An avalanche in the French Alps hit a group which included ten schoolchildren.

An avalanche in the French Alps hit a group of ten schoolchildren and the person accompanying them on Wednesday, killing at least one person and gravely injuring three others, police said.

“Five people have been found and searches are still underway,” the head of the police unit, Bernard Host, told Reuters.

Three of the victims were found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, police said. French media said that the person who died in the accident was fourteen years old.

The avalanche occurred on a black-rated slope that had been closed after several days of heavy snowfall, the mayor of a nearby town told regional newspaper Le Dauphine Libere.

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