FRISCO, March 20 (AP) — A community in Illinois is mourning a day after two local teenagers were killed while sledding at a Colorado ski resort.
Paul Lachlan, superintendent of the Fairbury Prairie Central School District, confirmed Monday that two students at Prairie Central High School died in a “tragic accident.”
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Out of respect for their family, she declined to identify them. The local church will provide counseling services to all students or staff.
The two students, ages 18 and 17, have been on spring break.
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According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the young men were riding side-by-side at the Copper Mountain ski resort in Summit County when they entered the water from the bottom of a large snowdrift, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
Both teens then landed on solid ice and suffered blunt force trauma, authorities said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Our condolences and condolences go out to the family and friends of the individuals involved in this tragic incident,” Sheriff Jaime Fitzsimmons said.
The teen’s body has been turned over to the county coroner’s office, which will determine the exact cause and manner of death.
Authorities did not release further details.
About 75 miles (121 kilometers) west of Denver, Copper Mountain Ski Resort has more than 2,500 acres (1,012 hectares) of alpine terrain popular with skiers and riders. (Associated Press)
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