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Hiker dies after fall in Glacier National Park

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Jun 26 2013 07:54:46 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 08:30:22 AM MDT
Hiker falls, dies at Glacier National Park
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Updated:

A Washington state man who was hiking alone on a closed trail in Glacier National Park has died after an apparent fall.
    
Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says the 64-year-old man likely slipped on snow still covering the Highline Trail, about a mile west of Logan Pass. The trail has not opened for the summer because of the snow danger.
    
Park dispatchers received a call from a ranger requesting emergency assistance at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. The ranger administered CPR and used a defibrillator with the help of bystanders, but they were unable to resuscitate the man. He died at the scene.
    
The man's body was transferred to the Flathead County coroner. The man's name was being withheld while family members could be notified.
    
The fall is still being investigated.

Glacier Park officials tell NBC Montana that a hiker died in the park today.

Denise Germann, the Public Affairs Specialist for the park, told NBC Montana on the phone tonight that there was a fatality in the park. 

Germann says a hiker died.

A bystander tells NBC Montana, "So, we had this one hour delay of traffic, which at first we thought, 'what an inconvenience' and all that, but then when we found out it was a fatality of a hiker... It's just so sad because someone is going to have to be planning a funeral here and it was very sad because we knew it and they probably didn't."

The following is a press release just sent to NBC Montana.

Glacier National Park Rangers are investigating an incident in which a 64-year old man from Washington State died along the Going-to-the-Sun Road near the Rim Rock area, about a mile west of Logan Pass.   

 

At approximately 3:40 p.m. park dispatch received a report from a park ranger requesting emergency medical assistance in the Rim Rock area along the road.  The park ranger arrived at the scene and administered CPR and utilized an automated external defibrillator (AED), with the assistance of local bystanders.  The individual was declared deceased at the scene.   The body was transferred to the Flathead County Coroner and transported to a local mortuary.  Next of kin is being notified. 

 

Park rangers received witness accounts that indicate the man was hiking alone on the Highline Trail, which is closed due to snow danger.  It is believed that the visitor slipped on snow and fell to his death.   The incident is under investigation with the National Park Service. 

 

All visitors are reminded that winter conditions exist in many locations in the high country, including the Logan Pass area.  Please exercise caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow, steep slide areas and changing weather conditions. 

 

More details will be shared as the investigation is completed.