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Search continues at Italian hotel hit by avalanche

  • Italian firefighters search for survivors after an avalanche buried a hotel near Farindola, central Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside.  (Italian Firefighters/ANSA via Italian Firefighters)

    Italian firefighters search for survivors after an avalanche buried a hotel near Farindola, central Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside. (Italian Firefighters/ANSA via Italian Firefighters)  (The Associated Press)

  • The interior of the Rigopiano Hotel is destroyed by an avalanche in Farindola, Italy, early Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside.  (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)

    The interior of the Rigopiano Hotel is destroyed by an avalanche in Farindola, Italy, early Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS) via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Finance Police helicopter hovers above the town of Farindola, central Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Days of heavy snowfall had knocked out electricity and phone lines in many central Italian towns and hamlets, compounded by four powerful earthquakes that struck the region on Wednesday, and an avalanche which buried a four-star spa hotel near Farindola. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    A Finance Police helicopter hovers above the town of Farindola, central Italy, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Days of heavy snowfall had knocked out electricity and phone lines in many central Italian towns and hamlets, compounded by four powerful earthquakes that struck the region on Wednesday, and an avalanche which buried a four-star spa hotel near Farindola. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Rescue crews are continuing the painstaking search for some 30 people trapped inside a remote Italian mountain resort flattened by a huge avalanche.

Italy's civil protection agency on Friday said the search continued throughout the night with searchlights, and would accelerate with the arrival of daylight. So far two bodies have been recovered, and RAI state TV said two more bodies have been located in the snow.

The search has been hampered by snow blocking the only road in, concern that the buildings would collapse and fear of triggering a fresh avalanche. The first rescue teams arrived on skis, and firefighters were dropped in by helicopter.

Officials said that overnight the road was widened to bring in heavier vehicles to aid with the search.