Published March 15, 2017
The Austria Press Agency says four mountain climbers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps.
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.