Alps avalanche: Students may have skied ahead of teacher

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Three Die in Alps Avalanche

PARIS (AP) -- A French official says that some high school students swept away by a deadly avalanche in the Alps may have skied ahead of their teacher.

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Jean-Paul Bonnetain, top administrative official for the Isere region, urged all skiers to heed avalanche warnings after three people were killed at the Deux-Alpes ski resort Wednesday. Two were among a group of 10 French high school students skiing with their teacher, and the third was believed to be a Ukrainian skier.

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Alps avalanche: Students may have skied ahead of teacher
This image taken from a validated UGC video shows the site of an avalanche in the French Alps, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016. A deadly avalanche hit a high school group skiing in the French Alps on Wednesday, killing two students and a Ukrainian skier and seriously injuring three others, officials said. (Daniel Stanford/Verified UGC via AP)
Skiers wait in a slope in the Les Deux Alpes resort in The French Alps on January 14, 2016 a day after an avalanche swept away skiers, including a group on a school outing, were swept away. Two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed on January 13 when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
Director of the Les Deux Alpes ski resort Didier Bobilier (C) answers journalists' questions in front of the The French Ski School of Les Deux Alpes resort in The French Alps on January 14, 2016 a day after an avalanche swept away skiers, including a group on a school outing, were swept away. Two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed on January 13 when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken on January 13, 2016 shows a view of of avalanch defences structurs on the slopes in the Les Deux Alpes resort in The French Alps on January 14, 2016 q day after an avalanche swept away skiers, including a group on a school outing, were swept away. Two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed on January 13 when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
A man clean off the snow on the ground while a woman carries her skis at the Les Deux Alpes resort in The French Alps on January 14, 2016 a day after an avalanche swept away skiers, including a group on a school outing, were swept away. Two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed on January 13 when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
Skiers enjoy a slope at the Les Deux Alpes resort in The French Alps on January 14, 2016 A day after an avalanche swept away skiers, including a group on a school outing, were swept away. Two French teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed on January 13 when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
Map locates avalanche in the French Alps.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;
Students sit and stand outside the Saint-Exupery high school in Lyon, central-eastern France, on January 13, 2016, during a commemorative gathering after two students from the school and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers in Les Deux Alpes ski resort in the French Alps. The avalanche hit a piste at the Deux-Alpes resort in eastern France that was still closed to the public, engulfing a group of nine French high school students and their teacher from the city of Lyon, according to police sources. A 14-year-old boy died in the deluge while a 16-year-old girl also died later in hospital. The Ukrainian man who died was not part of the school group. / AFP / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, second left, walks in Saint-Exupery school in Lyon, central France, after a deadly avalanche in the French Alps ski resort of Les Deux Alpes hit a group of teenagers from the school, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The avalanche killed two students and a Ukrainian skier, and seriously injured three others, officials said. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem addresses the media at the Saint-Exupery high school in Lyon on January 13, 2016, after an avalanche in the French Alps ski resort of Les Deux Alpes swept away a group of teenagers from the high school. Two teenagers and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers in the French Alps, including a group on a school outing, local officials said today. The avalanche hit a piste at the Deux-Alpes resort in eastern France that was still closed to the public, engulfing a group of French school children and their teacher from the city of Lyon, according to police sources. / AFP / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Students gather and light candles outside the Saint-Exupery high school in Lyon, central-eastern France, on January 13, 2016, during a commemorative gathering after two students from the school and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers in Les Deux Alpes ski resort in the French Alps. The avalanche hit a piste at the Deux-Alpes resort in eastern France that was still closed to the public, engulfing a group of nine French high school students and their teacher from the city of Lyon, according to police sources. A 14-year-old boy died in the deluge while a 16-year-old girl also died later in hospital. The Ukrainian man who died was not part of the school group. / AFP / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
A student lights a candle outside the Saint-Exupery high school in Lyon, central-eastern France, on January 13, 2016, during a commemorative gathering after two students from the school and a Ukrainian man were killed when an avalanche swept away skiers in Les Deux Alpes ski resort in the French Alps. The avalanche hit a piste at the Deux-Alpes resort in eastern France that was still closed to the public, engulfing a group of nine French high school students and their teacher from the city of Lyon, according to police sources. A 14-year-old boy died in the deluge while a 16-year-old girl also died later in hospital. The Ukrainian man who died was not part of the school group. / AFP / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Speaking on i-Tele television Thursday, Bonnetain said "initial witness accounts describe students passing ahead of the leader."

Another regional official said the group had no guide. Gendarmes returned to the scene Thursday to investigate, according to the official, who is not authorized to be publicly named according to administration policy.

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