AVALANCHE IN ALPS HITS SCHOOL GROUP
paris» A deadly avalanche hit a high school group skiing in the French Alps on Wednesday, killing two students and a Ukrainian skier and seriously injuring three others, officials said.
French President François Hollande said mountain emergency services with sniffer dogs and a helicopter were engaged in a rescue operation at the Deux Alpes ski resort, 20 miles southeast of Grenoble.
Officials say the avalanche hit 10 students and a teacher from the Lycee St. Exupery school in Lyon. A telephone crisis center has been set up for relatives and friends at the school, which serves over 2,000 middle school and high school students.
Local officials did not give any information on the number of missing but said 60 workers had been mobilized in the search-andrescue operation, which was being hampered by the danger of more avalanches. The Associated Press