NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
Italian officials say at least six people were killed on Sunday after a glacier collapse in Italy’s northern Alps triggered an avalanche.
During the avalanche, eight other people were injured and two of them were seriously injured, according to the BBC.
Helicopters and rescuers were sent to the scene of the collapse.
“Unfortunately, five people were found dead,” relief spokeswoman Michela Canoval told AFP, adding that the number “remains provisional”.
DENMARK SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING ACROSS STREET FROM HARRY STYLES CONCERT HALL
“An avalanche of snow, ice and rocks which, in its path, hit the access road while there were several roped parties, some of which were washed away,” Canova said. “The definitive number of climbers involved is not yet known,” she added.
A rescuer, Luigi Felicetti, said: ‘We saw dead people (people) and huge pieces of ice, rock.
CROWDS OF NEW YORK CITY JFK AIRPORT TRAVELERS ‘RELOCATED’ AMID ‘UNATTENDED BAG’ INVESTIGATION
The collapse area emergency department said 15 people were believed to have been part of the hiking group.
The cause of the collapse is not yet known, but a spokesman for the rescue services, Walter Milan, said the area of the collapse had recently experienced high temperatures.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
“It’s extreme heat,” Milan said. “Obviously, it’s something abnormal.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.