South Bay Woman Killed in Mt. Shasta Climb

Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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A 56-year-old Santa Clara woman died after a large rock fell on her while she was climbing Mt. Shasta on Sunday morning, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.

Kathi Jeanne Ludwig was with her husband in a group of at least eight people climbing the mountain at about 6 a.m. Sunday when a watermelon-size rock fell and struck her on the left side of her torso, according to the sheriff's department.

Ludwig was knocked back at least 15 feet and rolled several times on the frozen surface.

A U.S. Forest Service ranger who was in the area responded on foot to Ludwig's location, about 11,000 feet up the mountain, where CPR was being performed on her.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew hoisted her from the  mountain and flew her to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta where she was  pronounced dead upon arrival, according to the sheriff's department.

The cause of Ludwig's death was determined to be cardiac arrest due to blunt force trauma to the upper torso.

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