3 teens in Colo. burn snowmobile to stay warm

Teens burned firewood and eventually threw match into gas tank of one of the machines to keep warm


The Associated Press

CRAIG, Colo. — Three teenagers stuck for a night in Colorado's mountains during a blizzard survived by burning what they could, including their snowmobile.

The trio got stuck in the Routt National Forest during a snowmobiling trip.

KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/wAqkFb) reports 17-year-olds Justin McAlexander and Jessie Burke and 13-year-old Mason Burke were stranded Sunday north of Craig when their snowmobiles got caught in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

They burned firewood and eventually threw a match in the gas tank of one of the machines to keep warm.

Crews reached the boys around 8 a.m. Monday, about 15 hours after a search began.

Two of the youths were treated for minor injuries and sent home.

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