Feb 12, 2010 5:34 PM by Greg Boyce

Manitou Springs avalanche victim identified

An avalanche in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado has killed a back country skier from Manitou Springs and injured another. 

Ouray County sheriff's investigator Joel Burk says two men in a group of seven people using the back country hut system were caught in the avalanche Thursday near Ridgway. 

Authorities say 27-year-old Kellen Robert Sams of Manitou Springs, tried to ride out the slide but struck a tree and died at the scene of multiple traumatic injuries.  Sams was a civilian employee at Fort Carson where he was Associate Director of Adventure Programs. Burk says 24-year-old Dominic Franz Muth of Breckenridge was hospitalized with a dislocated hip in a Montrose hospital.


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