26-Year-Old Man Killed, One Injured in Avalanche at New Mexico Ski Resort

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One man was killed and another was seriously injured during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, multiple outlets have confirmed.

The man who died has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Zonghetti from Massachusetts. He was at Taos Ski Valley with his father, local outlet KOAT reported.

Taos Ski Valley wrote on Twitter that snow fell down a mountain at the resort around 11:30 a.m. off the K3 shoot of Kachin Peak. According to ABC News, both men were trapped for about 22 minutes. Rescuers dug them out and transported them to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. The second man, who has yet to be publicly identified, remains in critical condition.

“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s events,” Taos Ski Resort tweeted on Friday. “Our hearts are with the individuals, their family and friends, as well as the larger community that has been affected, including other visitors and our dedicated staff.”

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Witnesses described the scene as a “very scary situation” to KOAT. Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson was also present during the incident, the outlet reports. He said the snow was “more like concrete.” Johnson told KOAT he saw rescue crews looking through the snow for anyone trapped with 10-foot poles.

KOAT reports Taos Ski Valley officials have confirmed there were only two victims. The trigger of the avalanche is unknown at this time and an investigation is ongoing, the ski resort tweeted.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, by Maura Hohman