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The Latest: Injuries from avalanche not life-threatening

March 14, 2018 - 3:16 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Vt. - The Latest on an avalanche that injured six U.S. Army soldiers training near Vermont's highest peak. (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Officials say injuries to the six Army soldiers caught in an avalanche during mountain-wartime training near Vermont's highest peak are not life-threatening.

The Vermont National Guard said the soldiers were evacuated Wednesday shortly after the avalanche hit around 1 p.m.

The training was taking place in Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the edge of Mount Mansfield.

Five soldiers were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. The sixth soldier returned to duty.

It was the second avalanche reported in the Mount Mansfield area in recent days.

Heavy snow has fallen in the area in recent weeks.

The U.S. Army's Mountain Warfare school is run by the Vermont National Guard.

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4:50 p.m.

Six U.S. soldiers in mountain warfare training have been hit by an avalanche and injured at one of Vermont's tallest peaks.

The Vermont National Guard said the soldiers were evacuated Wednesday afternoon shortly after the avalanche hit.

The training was taking place in Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the edge of Mount Mansfield.

Five soldiers have been taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. There is no word on their conditions. The sixth soldier returned to duty.

It was the second avalanche reported in the Mount Mansfield area in recent days.

Heavy snow has fallen in the area in recent weeks.

The U.S. Army's Mountain Warfare school is run by the Vermont National Guard.

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3:45 p.m.

Six U.S. soldiers in mountain warfare training have been hit by an avalanche on one of Vermont's tallest peaks and are being evacuated.

A spokesman for the Vermont National Guard says the soldiers were participating in the advanced portion of the Guard's mountain warfare school in Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the northern edge of Mount Mansfield. They were caught in an avalanche around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The spokesman did not know how severely the soldiers were injured.

No further details have been released.

It was the second avalanche reported in the Mount Mansfield area in recent days.

Heavy snow has fallen in the area in recent weeks.

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2:35 p.m.

The Vermont National Guard says six soldiers are being evacuated from a mountain training area after they were hit by an avalanche in Smugglers Notch on the north side of Vermont's tallest peak, Mount Mansfield.

Guard spokesman Lt. Mike Arcovitch says the soldiers were participating in the advanced portion of the guard's mountain warfare school when they were caught in an avalanche in Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

He did not know how severely the soldiers were injured.

Arcovitch says he had no further details about what happened.

It was the second avalanche reported in the Mount Mansfield area in recent days.

Heavy snow has fallen in the area in recent weeks.

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