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Roll-Over Kills Yellowstone Employee

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Date: August 15, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 15, 2007     07-71    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2010 or 344-2012


Roll-Over Kills Yellowstone Employee

An employee of Xanterra Parks & Resorts was killed in a single vehicle roll-over near the Old Faithful interchange at approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning.

Joshua Spalsbury, 27, from Grand Ledge, Michigan, was driving in the Old Faithful area when his vehicle left the road, rolled, and then hit a tree, trapping him inside.  National Park Service rangers and emergency response personnel found him unresponsive and without a pulse.  Extrication equipment and personnel were required to access and recover his body. 

A motor vehicle accident reconstruction specialist from the Wyoming Highway Patrol has been dispatched to the scene to assist National Park Service rangers with the investigation.

This is the first fatal accident in Yellowstone National Park this year.

-www.nps.gov/yell -


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