An avalanche about nine miles outside of Twin Lakes buried several people early Saturday evening.

The number of people involved in the avalanche was not immediately available. At the scene, crews were using dogs and flashlights to search for any survivors. According to a tweet from the Colorado Avalanche Center sent around 8:30 p.m., two people were injured in the avalanche and two people are still missing. The extent of those injuries is not known at this time.

At around 5 p.m., Lake County Dispatch radioed that several people had been caught in an avalanche and that one person was unresponsive.

Crews from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Search and Rescue, St. Vincent Hospital, Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue and Colorado Parks and Wildlife were all on the scene.  

The avalanche occurred about a mile past the La Plata trail head and a little before the winter closure for Independence Pass. Colorado 82 is currently closed about seven miles past Twin Lakes at the Mt. Elbert Lodge.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the avalanche danger is considerable both above and below treeline for the Sawatch mountain range.

The Herald will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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