Teenage Girl Killed, Family Injured By Falling Rocks In Glacier National Park

Credit: Jean Beaufort
A family that was traveling along the Going-to-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park was struck by tragedy this past Monday, August 12, when falling rocks hit their car, injuring all of the occupants and killing one.

It was around 7 P.M. that evening, according to USA Today, via a release from the park, that the family was traveling west near the East Tunnel. During that drive, rocks that ranged from fist-sized to almost a foot in diameter fell upon the family's vehicle. The rocks fell from an unknown height.

As the rocks hit the vehicle, the rear windshield was shattered.

Four of the five members of the family that were inside of the car were injured, with those injuries ranging from minor to significant bruising. These were the parents and two of the children. The third child, a 14-year-old daughter, was not so lucky and was killed during the accident.

All of the occupants of the car were transported to local hospitals, though there was an attempt to transport the 14-year-old child by air ambulance. However, due to her unstable condition, she was not able to be flown and was taken by ground ambulance. As stated, she did not survive.


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