Deadly 2012 Ice Cave Collapse Lawsuit is DismissedBy Michael Frank on November 6th, 2012
No question, the 2010 Big Four ice caves collapse in Washington’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that killed 11-year-old Grace Tam was horrible. But was it negligent? Her parents, John Tam and Tamami Okauchi, sued the National Forest Service, saying it failed to adequately warn visitors about dangerous snow formations at the caves. Grace was hit by a chunk of ice about half the size of an SUV. Signs at the the caves warn visitors about the dangers, and apparently a federal judge, who dismissed the case, feels that’s adequate notice. As always, there’s a fine line between roping off the outdoors and not warning tourists with less outdoor knowledge about the risks of entering what amounts to a crevasse. Via Washington Post.
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