2 Die when Snow Slides off Cabin's Roof

CREEDE, Colo., March 21 (UPI) — Two Colorado men died when snow slid off the roof of a mountain cabin and buried them, officials said.

Charles Downing, the coroner of Mineral County in southwest Colorado, said Ray Wright, board president for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, and Doug Shriver, chairman of the Rio Grande Water Users Association, died Friday after being smothered by the falling snow.

“The snow slid off … all at once and caught them,” Downing told The Denver Post.

Wright, 56, and Shriver, 53, had apparently been cleaning snow from the roof and around the cabin, Downing said. Autopsies are to be done Monday.

Wright and Shriver headed from their homes in Monte Vista to the cabin in the San Juan Mountains Friday morning, and when they didn’t return by evening, their wives asked a friend to check on them.

The friend called the sheriff, Downing said, and a search-and-rescue team discovered the men between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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