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Austrian Alps avalanche reportedly kills 4

Rescue crews at the Jochgrubenkopf mountain.

Rescue crews at the Jochgrubenkopf mountain.  (Daniel Liebl/zeitungsfoto.at via AP)

The Austria Press Agency says four mountain climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps.

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The report, citing police, says the climbers were part of an eight-person ski touring group when the avalanche hit at about 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.

Four people in the group were able to free themselves from the snow on their own and alerted rescue crews.

The avalanche came on the 8,050-foot-high Jochgrubenkopf mountain, southeast of Innsbruck, and measured about 2,300 feet long with the snow depth reaching 40 feet.