Alpine glacier chunk detaches, killing at least 6 hikers

Mont BlancROME (AP) — A large chunk of a glacier in Italy’s Alps has broken loose and killed at least six hikers and injured nine others.

Alpine rescue service officials provided the death toll Sunday evening and said it could take hours to determine if any hikers might be missing, with unconfirmed reports saying there could be as many as 15 unaccounted for.

The National Alpine and Cave Rescue Corps tweeted that the search of the area of Marmolada Peak involved helicopters and rescue dogs.

On Sunday night, the corps posted a phone number for callers whose loved ones might not have returned from excursions near the glacier.

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