MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. - A woman was injured when she fell into a sinkhole near the Jackson Visitor Center at Mount Rainier on Friday night.
Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said at about 6:15 p.m. Friday, a visitor contacted a volunteer roadside assistance ranger to report that someone had fallen into the sinkhole. Climbing rangers responded within minutes and discovered that heat from an electrical transformer buried under 20 feet of snow had melted a large cavern in the snow.
A woman walking on the surface had broken through the ceiling of the cavern and fallen at least 10 feet onto the hard surface of the transformer, and from there onto the ground, sustaining multiple traumatic injuries.
The woman is being treated at Harborview Medical Center. Her condition has not been released.