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Anaconda Man Dies in an Avalanche

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A 46-year-old Anaconda man is dead from injuries he suffered in an avalanche.

According to the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner, Ron Russell was cross-country skiing at Olson Gulch Saturday morning when he was caught in an avalanche.

Russell was able to dig himself out of the snow, and called 9-1-1.

Coroner Jerry Thomas says it took hours for responders to find the man.

When they did locate Russell, he had passed away as a result of his injuries.

"He got himself out a little bit, got cleared so he could breath,” said Coroner Jerry Thomas. “He managed to reach a cell phone and called for help."

Coroner Jerry Thomas ruled the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

A ceremony will be held for Russell on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Anaconda High School where he worked for years as a math teacher.

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