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June 10, 2014 2:58 pm

Yellowstone visitor killed by falling tree

An international visitor to Yellowstone National Park died Monday afternoon after being struck by a falling tree.

The 36-year old man was from Taiwan, the Republic of China.  He was part of a group that was hiking the Fairy Falls trail, which is north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.

The man left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope in an apparent attempt to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring, when a lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him in the head.

Other visitors who witnessed the incident made their way back to the trailhead, where they encountered two park maintenance employees working in the area, who relayed the information to Yellowstone law enforcement rangers.

The victim was moved by rangers to the trailhead to await helicopter transport to a medical facility, but after attempts to revive him failed, he was declared dead at the scene.

Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time, and that the fallen tree had been a standing, dead lodgepole, fire-killed during the park’s 1988 fires.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. The incident remains under investigation by the National Park Service.

- Source: Yellowstone National Park


  • Comment Link June 10, 2014 5:19 pm posted by deb

    Oh my - visitor should have been better at climbing. I would think that anyone would stay clear of blackened trees no matter how long ago the fire took it. The winds are mother nature clearing a path of the old and dying growth to make way for new sprouts. Hope his family will be notified and gets him back home soon.

  • Comment Link June 11, 2014 9:16 am posted by Tammy

    "The man left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope" How many times do they have to tell people don't leave the trails. There is a reason and here is one of them.

  • Comment Link June 11, 2014 7:42 pm posted by Grant

    Thanks for the clearly intellectual comments from both you gals. I mean, obviously, "An international visitor to Yellowstone National Park... from Taiwan, the Republic of China" should have read the signs and heard what everyone had told him about the dangers of standing dead burned trees. It's amazing that a man who come from one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the entire world was unaware of the dangers involved. At least you were both respectful and at least gave your best wishes(prayers) to the family of the victim. Give me a break and get a life

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