Park Employee Injured in Fall
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MONT. - A Glacier National Park employee was seriously injured today in a fall while working. As a veteran member of the park's trail crew, the 31-year old female was working with other crew members on sections of the popular Highline Trail. The incident occurred as the crew was returning to the Logan Pass Trailhead.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. today park dispatch received a call from another member of the trail crew initiating a response to the incident. Initial reports indicate that the female trail crew member slid approximately 200 feet down snow from the trail to the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It appears that she fell onto the road from the snow field. The Three Rivers Ambulance and A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance were dispatched to the park while park rangers responded to the scene to stabilize the patient for transport to a medical facility. Emergency responders encountered rain, wind and limited visibility. She was transported via A.L.E.R.T. to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Her condition is unknown at this time.
The Highline Trail has been, and will continue to be closed to the public from Logan Pass to Haystack Butte for snow hazards. It is unknown when this section of the trail will be open to public travel. Snow conditions exist throughout the higher elevations of the park and visitors are highly encouraged to use extreme caution and have the appropriate skills and equipment to navigate such areas, or perhaps visit those areas once conditions improve.
Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.