Joaquin woman killed while sledding in Colorado

SILVERTON, CO. (EAST TEXAS note) (AP) - Authorities say a woman from East Texas was killed while sledding at a ski area in southwestern Colorado.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tammy Woodfin of Joaquin, Texas stuck a sign pole while sledding on a ski run at Kendall Mountain in Silverton on Christmas Day. The ski area was closed but San Juan County undersheriff Kristine Burns says Woodfin and her family had seen other people sledding there and assumed it was OK. She says it's not clear why Woodfin hit the pole because there is plenty of room on either side.

Woodfin was sledding with her husband, mother and two children. The family was spending the holidays in Silverton, a historic mining town in the mountains near Durango. Sunday would have been Woodfin's 40th birthday. An autopsy is planned Tuesday.

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