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Team sets out to recover rock slide victims

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — A search team is on its way to recover the bodies of five hikers killed when a rock slide crashed onto a popular, scenic Colorado trail.

About 40 people equipped with ropes, shovels and other tools set out Tuesday for the site below Mount Princeton in south-central Colorado.

Witnesses say boulders the size of cars tumbled onto the trail Monday.

A teenage girl survived and was taken by helicopter to a Denver hospital with a broken leg.

Rescuers were unable to recover the bodies Monday because the rocks were dangerously unstable.

Rescuers will first try to recover four bodies they can reach with hand tools. A huge boulder will have to be shifted to recover the fifth body.



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