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Second Fatality in Three Days

A brown sign reading "Caution! Extreme heat danger" is shown to the right of a paved road in Death Valley National Park.
Signs warn travelers about extreme heat during the summer in Death Valley National Park.


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News Release Date: August 30, 2019

Contact: Patrick Taylor, 760-786-3279

DEATH VALLEY, CA – On August 27th at 6:00pm, emergency responders received reports of a non-responsive visitor south of Badwater within Death Valley National Park. Responders came from Inyo County Sheriff’s office and California Highway Patrol in addition to National Park Rangers.

Unfortunately, the woman had passed away before responders arrived. The cause of death is still under investigation by Inyo County. The park has experienced three consecutive days of high temperatures over 120 which may have exasperated other conditions.

This was the second fatality in Death Valley National Park in three days. Two of the most common causes for emergency responses in Death Valley are single vehicle accidents and heat illnesses.

Last updated: September 11, 2019

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