At least three people were killed and several others are missing in an avalanche near a ski station in the northwestern US state of Washington, authorities said Sunday.
US media reported that at least eight others were missing in the incident, which took place near Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains northeast of Seattle.
"There are initial reports of an avalanche with 3 fatalities in the Tunnel Creek drainage near Stevens Pass Sunday afternoon but details are not yet available," the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center said on its website.
Two search and rescue missions had headed to the site, she said.
The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center on Sunday had issued a warning about "high avalanche danger" above 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), and a "considerable" danger below that elevation.
It was not immediately clear the elevation at which the avalanche occurred.
Source: AFP American Edition