Snow avalanche buried the three-story Hotel Rigopiano in Italy killing many people

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Mountain emergency crews using cross country skis trekked six miles through the night to reach the hotel, in the central Abruzzo region.Antonio Crocetta from the Abruzzo mountain rescue team told the media that many are dead. A survivor said he escaped because he had gone outside to his car to get something when the avalanche struck Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy’s civil protection agency, confirmed that 22 guests registered at the hotel were unaccounted for, along with “six or seven” workers. Italy’s Civil Protection department said overnight that it dispatched a team of 20 rescuers including seven firefighters, two mountain rescue teams and six ambulances. Rescuers, who have begun extracting bodies after battling through blizzard conditions to reach the hotel on skis or by helicopter, say there were no signs of life inside the building.

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