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Vehicle Collision Results in Fatality at Grand Teton National Park
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
A two-vehicle collision today in Grand Teton National Park resulted in the death of John Richard Grace, 59, of Rochester Hills, Michigan. The collision between a Chevy Camaro, driven by Grace, and an older model Ford F350 pick-up truck occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Highway 89/287 near the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River. Grace's wife, the only passenger in the vehicle, was also injured and transported to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson. The driver and passenger of the Ford pick-up were not transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
A 911 call by a passer-by was routed to Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 12:39 p.m. Rangers immediately responded to provide emergency medical care and establish traffic control. Because of the location, a detour was established, routing northbound and southbound traffic from Highway 26/89/191 and Highway 89/287 to the Teton Park Road. This detour remained in effect from mid-day until just before 6 p.m.
An investigation into the circumstances of the collision is being conducted by park rangers and Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.