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Glacier Chunk in Italy's Alps Breaks Loose, Kills at Least 6 Hikers

A large chunk of glacier which has broken loose, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight others in Italy's Alps near Trento on July 3.

A large chunk of glacier which has broken loose, killing at least six hikers and injuring eight others in Italy's Alps near Trento on July 3.

Source: Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino /Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino/AP Photo
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Rome (AP) -- A large chunk of an Alpine glacier broke loose Sunday and roared down a mountain in Italy, sending ice, snow and rock slamming into hikers on a popular trail on the peak and killing at least six and injuring nine, authorities said, warning that the toll might climb.

A local Civil Protection official, Gianpaolo Bottacin, was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA as providing the toll, but stressing that the situation was “evolving” and that there could be perhaps 15 people missing.