(MISSOULA, Mont.) — Intense weather caused a huge avalanche in a residential area of Montana on Friday night.
Multiple homes were damaged in the avalanche and three people — an elderly couple and an 8-year-old boy — were pulled from the wreckage. Missoula authorities said that the three were the only people buried by the avalanche, and all three were taken a hospital.
On Saturday afternoon, the woman was listed in “critical” condition, the older man was listed in “serious” condition and the boy was in fair condition.
The avalanche occurred near the base of Mount Jumbo in Rattlesnake Valley.
Missoula Police Detective Travis Welsh said that it was “extremely fortunate” to find all three victims still alive. Welsh also said that officers are “going door-to-door” warning residents of the chances of a second slide.
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