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3 American Climbers Killed by Rockslide

January 06, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Three Americans were killed when rocks tumbled down Mt. Kilimanjaro and smashed into climbers preparing to scale the peak of Africa's highest mountain, Tanzanian officials said.

Three other Americans and two Tanzanians were injured in the slide Wednesday, said James Wakibara, chief warden at Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park.

The dead were identified as Kristian Ferguson, 27, of Longmont, Colo.; Mary Lou Sammis, 58, of Huntington, N.Y.; and Betty Orrik Sapp, 63, of Melrose, Mass.

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