More detail on this person: Lone survivor hikes to safety Three killed in crash ASPEN, Colo. - Three people were killed when a helicopter crashed in the mountains south of this ski resort town. One badly hurt survivor spent the night in a snow cave and hiked 11 hours to safety. Toby Cruse, 33, reached the T Lazy 7 Ranch on Friday morning and was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. Cruse, who endured overnight temperatures in the 20s, was treated for a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and a bruised arm, Pitkin County Sheriff's officials said. He was listed in fair but stable condition. Cruse, who is a ski guide, and others took off from the Aspen airport Thursday and crashed later that day. They were working on a promotional film for a ski lodge in Gunnison, said Beth Sharp of Colorado Heli-Ski, the company that operated the helicopter. The dead were identified as pilot Ivan Greig Dunn, 48, of Keystone; Jay Ronald Gauthier, 33, of Silverthorne; and Paul Miller, 41, of Illinois. They perished in the crash, and sheriff's spokesman, Michael Kendrick said of Cruse, "He put on his snowshoes and started hiking out".
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