Hood River woman falls on Mt. Hood

A Hood River woman climbing on Mount Hood was brought down off the mountain yesterday afternoon after a giant ice chunk hit her, causing her to fall about 300 feet.

Clackamas County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Strovink says 30-year-old Meredith Jaques (Jakes) of Hood River is reported to have suffered head, neck and back injuries. She was brought down by toboggan late yesterday afternoon to Timberline Lodge and sent to Providence Memorial Hospital in Hood River.

Witnesses say three other climbers suffered minor injuries when the ice chunk — described as 20 feet by 40 feet — broke loose. Strovink says Jaques was with a climbing group ascending the mountain Thursday morning when the ice chunk fell at about the 10,500-foot level in an area called the Hogsback, a narrow knife-edge ridge.

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