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Rangers Respond to Report of a Car Over the Edge at Grand Canyon National Park

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Date: July 13, 2009
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – At approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received multiple reports that a car had driven over the edge near the El Tovar Hotel in Grand Canyon National Park.

Upon arriving at the scene, investigators found tire tracks leading to the edge behind the Thunderbird Lodge and received reports of a single occupant in a blue passenger car driving over the edge. 

Rescue personnel descended on ropes and located the vehicle approximately 600 feet below the rim.  The body of a lone male was located shortly thereafter.

Plans for retrieval of the body and the vehicle are being made at this time.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service.

No further details are available at this time. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

COLORADO RIVER AT THE BOTTOM OF GRAND CANYON

From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.