Girl pinned by collapsed ice

Dec. 27, 2006 at 11:44 AM
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GLENWOOD, Minn., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A girl was pinned by hundreds of pounds of ice on the shore of a Minnesota lake when the ice cave she was exploring collapsed.

Officials did not release the name of the girl injured in the Christmas Day accident and the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she was flown from a local hospital, did not release her condition, The Star Tribune, a Minneapolis newspaper, reported Wednesday.

Police said the child was apparently playing in one of the many naturally occurring ice caves along the shore of Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood, Minn., when the slabs shifted and collapsed. Two ice fishermen, her parents, a grandparent and some passersby were able to lift the ice slabs off the girl before police and medical help arrived.

Glenwood Police Chief David Thompson told the newspaper that the incident reminded him of a similar accident 10 years ago when children playing in a gravel pit were buried in an avalanche of snow.

"One of the kids was my son," he said. "I was one of the people who dug them out. But in 17 years here, I can't remember an incident like this. ... We'll have to keep reminding people: Ice is unpredictable."

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