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Visitor Dies After Fall in Yellowstone National Park
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
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A visitor from Michigan slipped and fell to her death in Yellowstone National Park Saturday morning.
The 52 year old woman, her husband and two children had stopped their vehicle at an overlook along the road about three-quarters of a mile north of the Tower Fall area around 10 o’clock Saturday morning. The woman stepped over a small rock retaining wall to take a photo when she lost her footing, slipped down an embankment and then went over a cliff. She fell about 500 feet, coming to rest near the Yellowstone River.
The woman’s husband flagged down a passing motorist who called 911 for help. Rangers responding to the scene could see the woman through a spotting scope lying immobile on the canyon floor. High, fast moving water prevented rescuers from reaching the woman by raft.
The woman’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. This is the second fatal accident in Yellowstone National Park this year. Back in February, a woman from was killed in a snowmobile accident along the road east of Norris Geyser Basin.
Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.