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Avalanches: White Walls of Death

Avalanches: White Walls of Death

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
In 1910, the snowpack in a Cascades Mountain pass gave way suddenly, sweeping two trains and their 96 passengers and crew to their deaths. This tragic event is covered comprehensively for the first time in AVALANCHES. They snap trees like twigs, fling boulders like marbles and crush everything in their path. For those not killed by the onslaught, the chilling prospect of death trapped in an icy tomb remains. By profiling several famous incidents, this program offers an intimate look at the horror and danger of avalanches. Journals kept by the doomed passengers of the Wellington Train Disaster who were trapped in the pass for six days before the avalanche hit capture the sense of impending doom. In a gripping interview, gold miner Robert Morlang tells of the three avalanches he survived in 1985, finally being lifted from a deep ravine by a daredevil helicopter pilot who has become a legend in search and rescue circles. Through personal stories, the power and danger of these rushing walls of snow is made abundantly clear.

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