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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Siberian Avalanche Traps Hundreds

An avalanche of snow trapped 200 people in cars and buses on a highway in Siberia Wednesday and left at least two people dead, emergency officials said.

The victims died from carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm in their snow-surrounded truck in the Krasnoyarsk region, said Irina Andriyanova, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. One woman in the truck was rescued and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Officials said more victims might be found in buried vehicles as road crews clear the highway in coming days, Interfax reported.

About 50 cars and four passenger buses were stuck along a 4-kilometer stretch of highway in the Yermakov district, about 3,400 kilometers east of Moscow. By late Wednesday, all the stranded motorists and passengers had been evacuated from the road to nearby villages, Interfax said.

Record snowfalls have hit Moscow and other Russian regions over the past month. Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East remained heaped with snow and without electricity in about a dozen towns Wednesday after days of heavy snow shut down airport and ferry service and killed at least two people.