JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming officials say skiers will not be criminally prosecuted in connection with an avalanche on Teton Pass.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that there was initial suspicion that skiers were responsible for the large avalanche that on Thursday hit a vehicle and closed a highway to thousands of commuters.
In a press release, Teton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Stanyon says there was insufficient evidence to back up that theory. He says a skier could be prosecuted if police could show that he or she had a reckless disregard for other people, such as by skiing in an avalanche path when the risk is high.
Police save five of eight backcountry skiers were identified and interviewed.
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