Avalanche Strikes Hotel in the Swiss Alps, Injuring Guests

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An avalanche injured several people when it crashed into a hotel in Switzerland on Thursday afternoon.

According to The Local, the snowslide hit the restaurant of the Hotel Säntis in Schwägalp in the Swiss Alps around 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET).

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Authorities reported that multiple people required medical treatment as a result and that police and rescue services were turning their attention to searching for people who might be missing in the aftermath.

An unidentified eyewitness told the regional daily newspaper St. Galler Tagblatt that he and his wife were seated by a window in the hotel restaurant when snow began swirling.

“Then there was a huge noise and snow piled into the back of the restaurant,” he said, adding that there were only a few people inside when the avalanche struck.

The man said one person suffered an arm injury while another had to be dug out of the snow.

The Alps in eastern Switzerland where Hotel Säntis is located have experienced anywhere from 20 to 35 inches of snow over the past three days, The Local reported, citing the SRF Meteo.

Runaway Cruise Ship Strikes New York Bridges

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After being dislodged from their moorings by heavy ice sheets, eight vessels, including a cruise ship and a restaurant barge, hit a few bridges on the Hudson River in New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tweeted: “Heavy ice flows on the #HudsonRiver caused by recent warming and heavy rains dislodged 8 vessels from their docks early this morning. DEC, state and local officials quickly responded and secured the vessels.”

Cruise Liner Captain JP, a few tugboats, a restaurant barge called the Rusty Anchor, and a few other barges were among the vessels that drifted down the Hudson River.

Captain JP struck the Congress Street Bridge and then wedged itself against the Livingston Avenue bridge in Albany. It was dislodged by tugboats and then towed up the Hudson. The Rusty Anchor and other boats were secured at the Port of Albany.

Police closed the Congress Street Bridge, Troy Menands Bridge, the Patroon Island Bridge, and the Dunn Memorial Bridge temporarily on Friday as crews worked to secure the vessels.

Though no injuries were reported, with the shutdown of five bridges, commuters saw a bit of a delay.