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Authorities identify Utah man injured in Idaho avalanche

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Jan 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-12 16:43:36-05

BEAR LAKE COUNTY, Idaho –Police have identified the man who was buried by an avalanche on the Utah/Idaho border Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Morgan, 28, of Farmington, was snowmobiling with three friends when he triggered an avalanche, which was 3-5 feet deep and 500 feet wide, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

Personnel from multiple agencies responded near Green Canyon to pull Morgan off the mountain.

The avalanche occurred sometime around 1 p.m.

Lt. Doyle Peck of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said rescuers used a rope and pulley system to retrieve the injured man, who sustained two broken femurs and a broken arm. Morgan was retrieved and taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

Morgan was later transported to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden Saturday night, Peck said. He is currently in stable condition.

There were no other injuries reported.

Personnel from Idaho’s Bear Lake and Franklin counties and Utah’s Cache County responded to the scene.

Utah avalanche experts told FOX 13 News Thursday that avalanche danger was expected to be high in Utah during the weekend, and they urged snow sport enthusiasts to steer clear of the backcountry.