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Durango woman dead after second fatal Colorado avalanche in a week

Elizabeth Hernandez
The Denver Post

Olivia Buchanan of Durango died Tuesday after getting caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing on Kendall Mountain, San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler confirmed Wednesday morning.

The avalanche that took place southwest of Silverton is Colorado's second fatal avalanche in a week, said Scott Toepher of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Buchanan, who had been washed into a stand of trees Tuesday, had been found and rescue teams were working to get her to a hospital when she died of her injuries Tuesday night, Toepfer said.

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