1 Killed, 4 Injured After Ice Caves in Washington State Collapse

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One person was killed and four injured when ice caves on a remote Washington state mountainside partly collapsed for the second straight day, authorities said Monday night.

The body of one hiker could not be recovered because of the “fragile nature of the ice,” Snohomish County spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. She would not say whether the person killed was a man or a woman.

Three adults were airlifted with serious injuries.

Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said the hospital was treating two males for head lacerations and leg and pelvis fractures after the incident at the Big Four Ice Caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. A female patient arrived shortly afterward, Gregg said.

All the injured were conscious, but one man, 25, was in critical condition, Gregg said. A second man, 35, was in serious condition and the woman, 35, was in satisfactory condition.

One girl who was not seriously injured in the collapse was transported by ground and being treated at Providence Medical Center in Everett.

Snohomish County emergency officials said the area around the Big Four ice caves would remain closed until search and rescue teams could assess the safety of the caves and recover the deceased victim of the collapse.

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SOURCE: NBC News, M. Alex Johnson

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