Bingham, UT Snowslide, Feb 1926

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Many Bodies May Not Be Found Till Spring


Sentries Patrol Ridges To Avert Another Disaster; Hundred In Rescue Work.

BINGHAM, Utah, Feb. 18. (AP) – Workers continued digging tonight in the debris resulting from the snow-slide in Sap Gulch, near here yesterday, despite the abandonment of hope that any of the entombed persons tonight yet be alive. It was believed that they would have frozen to death by this time.

The number of dead was increased late today to 38, with the recovery of the bodies of a man and a boy from the ruins. About thirty remained missing. The exact number of killed may not be known until spring, when the snow melts, officials said, explaining that only a small portion of the devastated area could be cleared of all snow. Twelve persons are in a hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the slide, but they have been declared out of danger.

Governor George H. Dern arrived at the scene of the disaster late today and made a thorough investigation. He will consider the matter of calling upon the people for a relief fund for the survivors. Red Cross executives were reported on the way here from San Francisco to superintendent relief work.

Sentries were patrolling the ridges surrounding the gulch in fear of another slide. Much snow remains on the mountain sides and it could easily bring about another disaster as serious as that yesterday, since the lives of hundreds of miners now digging in the debris would be in danger. A bright sun today was declared a dangerous factor as there was likelihood that some of the snow on the peaks would be melted.

Plattsburgh Sentinel New York 1926-02-19