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2 die in Howard County shoveling snow

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 7:20pm  ET

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) -- Two men in Howard County have died after suffering medical emergencies while shoveling snow, and a third died when he collapsed outside in the snow.

Marc Fisher, a spokesman for Howard County Fire and Rescue, says authorities are waiting until cause of death is confirmed by the Officer of the Chief Medical Examiner before declaring any of the deaths to be weather-related.

A 57-year-old Woodstock man and a 55-year-old Columbia man each collapsed while shoveling snow, which accumulated more than a foot throughout Howard County Thursday. Both men were taken to Howard County General Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

A third man, in his late 40s from Columbia, collapsed and died while outside Thursday morning, but Fisher said it is unclear whether he had been shoveling snow.

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