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Marine wounded in action among those caught in NH avalanche


NORTH CONWAY, NH (FOX 25 / — Authorities say several people were injured in an 800-foot avalanche in New Hampshire.

The avalanche happened on Mount Washington at about 5 p.m. Thursday. The Mount Washington Observatory posted on their Facebook page that it happened in Huntington Ravine.

Authorities say at least three people were hurt and taken to a hospital.

One of the injured was identified as 26-year-old retired Marine Sgt. Keith Zeier, of Brooklyn. Zeier suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost his left leg after hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. He was climbing Mount Washington to raise funds and awareness for families of Special Operations forces killed and wounded in action.

Zeier's family told a N.H. television station that his injuries in the avalanche were not life-threatening.

Officials did issue an avalanche warning for Tuckerman Ravine early Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.