California woman killed in ice-caves collapse identified

California woman killed in ice-caves collapse identified

The woman who lost her life in the partial collapse of the Big Four Ice Caves earlier this week has been identified as Anna L. Santana -- a 34-year-old resident of Southern California and mother of four.

Officials confirmed on Thursday that Santana was killed in Monday's partial collapse of the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on Monday this week.

Confirming the woman's death, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said that the mother of four from Moreno Valley succumbed to her injuries in the head and torso after a portion of the caves collapsed. The medical examiner's office ruled her death as an accident.

In a Facebook post on June 30, Santana wrote that she was at Ontario International Airport for a trip to Washington for a "much needed vacation." She arrived in Washington on 1st of July, nearly 18 hours after she was originally scheduled to land.

The victim wrote on her timeline, "After 21 hours we finally made it when our flight should have had us here in 3 hrs. Guess that's how long it takes when u miss ur transfer flight: / turning over a new leaf early from now on!"

Santana left behind 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. The eldest child is 14 years old and the youngest is just 1 year old.

Following the deadly collapse, access to the Big Four Ice Caves was closed for an indefinite period of time. Officials could not confirm when the caves would be opened for the public again.

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