The U.S.'s bad winter rolled on. Windstorms battered the Pacific Northwest. A blizzard keened over the Rockies. At Toltec Gorge in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, as a Denver & Rio Grande Western passenger train wound through the night, an avalanche of snow hurtled down, picked the last three cars off their narrow-gauge track and carried them over the lip of the precipice. One car went down 30 feet, the other two some 400 (see cut). But all 14 occupants miraculously came out alive. Another snow avalanche, in Difficult Creek...

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