1 dead in avalanche at Calif. ski resort

March 3, 2009 6:59:24 PM PST
A ski patrol member has been killed in an avalanche at Squaw Valley USA ski resort near Lake Tahoe. The Squaw Valley Fire Department says 41-year-old Andrew Entin was working on avalanche controls Tuesday when he was caught in a slide and partially buried.

Fire spokesman Pete Bansen says another member of the ski patrol dug him out while emergency crews responded to the scene, but Entin later died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The cause of death is under investigation.

More than 4 feet of snow have fallen at upper elevations of the region over the past 24 hours. Nearly a 100-mile stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 is closed west of Reno.

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