Boy, woman die in separate Alaska hiking accidents
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two people hiking in southern Alaska died in separate Independence Day accidents.
A 5-year-old boy died Wednesday morning when he was struck by falling rock near Worthington Glacier in.
Alaska State Troopers say the boy was near the glacier north of Valdez when a boulder the size of a bowling ball rolled off a ledge.
The rock struck the boy in the head. He was pronounced dead at Valdez Providence Hospital.
A 32-year-old Minnesota woman died when she was crushed by falling ice in Portage Valley.
Alaska State Troopers say Brittany Boegel and others walked under a hollowed-out mass of compressed snow that resembled a snow cave at Byron Glacier near Portage Lake.
The ceiling collapsed, hitting Boegel and injuring two others.
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