In a sledding tragedy on Sunday night at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in central Colorado, two teenagers who were on spring vacation died.
According to a statement released on Monday by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the teenagers allegedly were riding tandem down the halfpipe when they launched themselves into the air off a sizable snowbank at the bottom.
The coroner’s office will establish the official cause of death, according to authorities, who added that “the two persons fell down hard on the hard ice below, suffering blunt force damage.” The 17- and 18-year-old lads were declared deceased on the spot.
According to the sheriff’s office, the sledding incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. MT.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Two teens on spring break were killed Sunday night in a sledding accident in a closed area of Copper Mountain Ski Resort in central Colorado. https://t.co/U1wtDAW71J
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2023
In a statement, Copper Mountain Resort, which is roughly 75 miles west of Denver and adjacent to Breckenridge, said that the halfpipe was closed and roped off at the time of the tragedy. According to authorities, the lift and trail access shuts at 4 p.m.
According to the administrator of the school system, the teenagers were seniors at Prairie Central High School in Fairbury, Illinois.
A significant avalanche that occurred on March 19, 2023, and killed a skier in Maroon Bowl, Colorado.
“Both were great students, talented athletes, and most importantly amazing people,” said Paula Crane, superintendent of Prairie Central Community Unit School District Number 8. “They were role models for all who knew them, especially our young athletes throughout the district. The Prairie Central Community continues to mourn their loss, and will support their families, our staff members, and our students throughout the grieving process.”
Dustin Lyman, president and general manager of Copper Mountain, said that the resort’s whole staff was devastated by the murders of the teenagers.
“We send our deepest sympathies to the afflicted families and friends. We also want to express our gratitude to the local emergency personnel for their prompt action and the medical help they gave,” Lyman stated.
The inquiry, according to the sheriff’s office, is continuing.
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