WEST GLACIER, Montana (KPAX TV) — A teenager died Monday in Glacier National Park after the vehicle she was in hit by falling rocks on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley says the incident happened around 7 p.m. near the East Tunnel.
The rocks hit the top of the vehicle and shattered the rear window, fatally injuring the 14-year-old girl and also injuring her parents and two other children in the vehicle.
Alley says that the air ambulance responded to the scene but was unable to airlift the girl because of her unstable condition. She died while being taken by ambulance to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
The two adults suffered significant bruises, and the other two children in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. They were also taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The family was visiting the park from Utah. The girl’s name and hometown will be released once family notifications have been completed, according to Alley.
Alley says that the rocks that hit the vehicle were between fist-sized and 12 inches in diameter. Park officials estimate that the amount of debris could have filled the bed of a pickup truck.
The rocks fell from an unknown height from the mountains above the road, according to Alley.
Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed at the East Tunnel for approximately three hours while crews cleared the rocks and a tow truck removed the vehicle.
Alley says that the last fatal injury from rockfall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road happened in 1996 in the Logan Pass area.
The 50-mile scenic road traverses the national park, reaching an altitude of 6,650 feet at the Continental Divide.
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