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Avalanches kill 3 tourists  Dec 21, 2008

VIENNA, Austria: Avalanches in the Austrian Alps killed three German ski tourists Sunday and blocked several roads in the Vorarlberg and Tyrol provinces, officials said.

A 22-year-old unnamed snowboarder was buried by an avalanche on a closed slope in the Bregenzerwald region. His skiing partner was party buried but managed to free himself, police were quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency.

In the Kleinwalsertal region, a 40-year-old man died under the snow after triggering an avalanche while skiing outside the prepared slopes, the press agency quoted police as saying.

A 49-year-old skier who was reported missing Saturday was found dead buried by an avalanche in the Grossvenediger region on Sunday, police said.

Another avalanche swept through the popular ski resort of Lech am Arlberg but officials said nobody was hurt.

In Western Austria, several roads were blocked by snow or closed by police as a precaution against new avalanches. Officials said the avalanche warning service had classified the danger of a snow slide as high for Sunday.

Dozens of avalanches hit Austria's slopes every year.

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