Officials: Woman dies after avalanche buried her

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) The Utah County sheriff's office says a woman buried by an avalanche has died.

Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon says in a news release posted on the agency's website that 21-year-old Ashleigh Cox died a short while after being taken off life support Sunday afternoon. She had been caught in a slide as she snowshoed near Tibble Fork reservoir in American Fork Canyon on Saturday.

Cox was a Brigham Young University student from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Officials say an avalanche fell 50 feet and carried Cox into a creek, burying her in the water.

Cannon says witnesses couldn't dig her out and she was stuck under the snow for about 40 minutes. She wasn't breathing and had no pulse, but Cannon says medical staffers were able to revive her.

The Utah Avalanche Center says there is high avalanche danger in the mountains of northern and central Utah. It reported 14 slides on Saturday alone.

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