Falling ice kills 11-year-old girl during family hike

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 2, 2010 8:10 am

An 11-year-old girl was killed Saturday when a pickup truck-sized ice chunk fell and struck her near a popular cave attraction in Washington state.

The girl and her mother were hiking near the popular Big Four ice caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest when the accident occurred.

Lieutenant Jeff Brand of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the girl died after a melted ice patch struck her head. The girl’s mother was also injured after being hit in the leg, but she was not hospitalized.

“The family did nothing wrong,” Brand said, the ice is melting so much this year that it is not stable, and cautioned visitors to stay away from the ice caves.