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Climber killed in fall, others stranded on Oregon's Mt. Hood
February 14, 2018 | 12:05 PM
by Times TV
 
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Portland: A daring climb turned fatal on Oregon's Mount Hood on Tuesday.

One man was killed after falling up to 1,000 feet from near the snowy summit of the mountain. Local media say when rescue crews arrived, the man was injured and had trouble breathing. He was then airlifted to a medical centre in Portland, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Authorities say conditions turned deadly when cold overnight temperatures warmed quickly during the day, causing ice and rock to break loose. Rescuers also raced to save two other groups of hikers, police believe there are seven people, possibly more, who spent hours stranded on the slopes.

According to the sheriff's office, some of them were being assisted down the mountain. So far three climbers have arrived safely. Mount Hood scales more than 11,200 feet and is Oregon's highest peak.


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