Montana Avalanche: Third Person Found Alive

Missoula Montana Avalanche

The Associated Press is reporting that the third person who was trapped by an avalanche in Missoula, Montana earlier today has been found alive.

According to police reports, an elderly couple and an 8-year-old boy were the only people involved in the incident and all have now been rescued.

All three are receiving medical attention at St. Patrick Hospital, according to NBC News.  The husband and wife, who have been identified as Fred Allendorf and Michel Jo Colville, are reported to be in critical condition.  No information seems to be available about the boy.

The home destroyed by the avalanche belonged to the man and his wife.  It is unclear at this point whether the boy also resided at the home.

The avalanche, which came off of Mount Jumbo, occurred at about 4 p.m. today.

The rescue effort was slowed by the presence of a gas leak at the home, according to Missoula police spokesperson Sgt. Travis Welsh.

Police say that avalanche conditions still exist in the area and are asking residents of at-risk neighborhoods to think about leaving; however, they aren’t recommending or making mandatory an evacuation at the present time.

By Nancy Schimelpfening



NBC News


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