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2 injured skiers stranded by deadly Oregon avalanche en route to hospital

Two backcountry skiers injured in an avalanche that killed two of their companions in the Wallowa Mountains of northwestern Oregon are on their way to the hospital.

Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Wednesday afternoon that the man and woman from Washington state have been taken off the steep slope where they spent a cold and snowy night. They were loaded onto snowmobiles for a 10-mile trip to the nearest paved road. From there, the two will be taken by ambulance to a hospital in Baker City.

They were in a party of six skiers and two guides on the third day of a five-day trip through the backcountry of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest when they were hit by an avalanche at about noon Tuesday.

Thompson says bad weather prevented two National Guard helicopters from reaching the avalanche site.

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