Woman killed by falling ice in Byron Glacier snow cave
A 32-year-old Minnesota woman was killed and two others were injured after being struck by large pieces of falling ice on Byron Glacier near Portage Lake Wednesday afternoon.
Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Forest Service Officers responded to an area of Byron Glacier near Portage Lake around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday after reports of a person trapped by large pieces of ice.
First responders discovered several people had been struck by falling ice after walking under a "hollowed out compressed snow mass which resembled a snow cave."
Minnesota resident Brittany Katherine Boegel, 32, was fatally injured after the snow ceiling collapsed. AST says a six-year-old boy and an adult male suffered minor injuries.
Family members and bystanders freed Boegel from the ice and attempted life-saving efforts before first responders from LifeMed, Girdwood Fire Department, AST and U.S. Forest Service arrived.
Boegel's family has been notified.