ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two people, including a child, hiking in 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.
Alaska State Troopers say the boy was near the glacier north of Valdez with family and friends when a rock 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.
By DAN JOLING
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