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Kansas State student dies in skiing accident

By The Mercury

A Kansas State student died in a ski accident on Saturday morning in Colorado. Garrett Spencer, 19, Hesston, was a sophomore at the School of Business and majored in business administration, according to the college’s front desk.

Mineral County Sheriff Fred Hosselkus said Spencer, reportedly a novice skier, was skiing with three friends, when the accident happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Hosselkus added that Spencer was on an easier slope called the Kelly Boyce Run, which is lined with trees, when he lost control and crashed in to a tree without a helmet.

Upon crashing, Hosselkus said that Spencer, who resided in Moore Hall on campus, received immediate attention from a nurse, who was on the scene. Afterward, the ski patrol was notified. CPR was then attempted down the remainder of the slope, but failed.

Alcohol does not appear to a factor, said Hosselkus.

An autopsy is being conducted, but Hosselkus said it could take up to a month to receive the results.

Kansas State was reached for a statement, but media relations editor Beth Bohn said the university does not typically make statements regarding the death of a student.

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