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Traffic Collision Fatality 8-25-2019

A park ranger walks towards the scene of the traffic collision. No road is in sight and the white SUV appears to have smashed into the rock wall at high speed.
A ranger walks toward the scene.


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News Release Date: August 27, 2019

Contact: Abby Wines, 7607863221

DEATH VALLEY, CA – A single-vehicle traffic collision along CA-190 in Death Valley National Park resulted in the death of the driver on Sunday, August 25.

A park visitor first reported the accident to park rangers in Furnace Creek Visitor Center at 3:09 p.m. Park rangers arrive at the accident scene only 10 minutes later. Five National Park Service employees and a California Highway Patrol officer responded to the incident.

The traffic collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Initial indications are that the driver, an unidentified woman, was driving westbound on CA-190 near Twenty Mule Team Canyon when the vehicle veered left off the road, traveled approximately 280 feet, then collided with a rock wall. The driver succumbed to injuries at the scene.

Last updated: August 27, 2019

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