Lawsuit dismissed in 11-year-old's death at ice caves

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SEATTLE —

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the family of a Snohomish County girl who was killed when an ice cave collapsed.

 

Grace Tam, 11, was killed in July 2010 at the Big Four Ice Caves in Verlot.  Tam was on a trip to the caves in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest with her family when a piece of ice the size of a truck broke loose and pinned her to the ground.

 

She survived the initial blow, but died from her severe injuries as she and her family waited for help.

 

The child's parents sued the National Forest Service. They said a warning sign near the caves was missing.  

 

The government, however, argued that there is no requirement on where or when to replace safety signs.  On Friday, Judge James Robart ruled in favor of the government's motion to dismiss the case.