Teenage Girl Killed By Falling Rocks in Glacier National Park While Vacationing With Family
A Utah family is mourning after their family vacation turned into a nightmare this week. The family was on the last stretch of their family vacation when they encountered a rock slide.
The family and the girl have not yet been identified. The park just released the news late Wednesday, the matter is still under investigation. According to a spokesperson for the park, the incident happened inside the park boundaries at 7 p.m. Monday night.
The rocks were more than 12 inches wide, and it’s believed they started falling from a cliff above the car. The family were in route to ‘Going-to-the-Sun-Road’. The road is very popular with visitors to the park.
The rocks crashed into the windshield of the car, severely injuring the girl instantly. Four other people riding in the car were also injured, one seriously. The injured includes the mother, father and two other children.
Cars Piled Up At The Scene Quickly As Other Cars Called 911 For Help
Emergency vehicles were at the scene in less than two minutes, according to witnesses that were there when the rocks fell. Pat Cummings who was traveling in a car a few cars down talked to local News.
She said, “I could hear a woman screaming, help her, please help her.’ Cummings said if cars on the road were closer together it would have been much worse.
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they determined that the 14 year old was too unstable to be transported via an airlift. The girl died in ambulance in route to the hospital.
The other seriously injured family member was airlifted to a hospital. All of the other family members injured in the car are expected to survive. According to a source the family was in Montana visiting from Utah. The family was winding down their summer vacation before school starts.
The Park Says That Extended Family Members Still Need To Be Notified Of The Death
Park officials said on Wednesday, they still have extended family members to notify before releasing the name of the girl. The parents suffered significant bruising and some internal injuries, the other children only suffered minor injuries.
The Park said, ‘they extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the visiting family. They said the family is asking for privacy at this difficult time’.
This is the first death that has occurred on the ‘Going-to-the-Sun-Road’ area since 1996. There have been other deadly accidents this summer at national parks. Only a week ago a 21 year old student visiting from Romania died.
He fell to his death while hiking at Yosemite National Park in California. According to officials at that park, the hiker was on a non maintained and unmarked path. They warned other visitors not to stray off of the official paths, because it’s extremely dangerous.