14-year-old killed in rockfall at Glacier National Park

Published: Aug. 14, 2019 at 9:36 AM MDT
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A teen was killed in a large rockfall along one of Glacier National Park's most-traveled roads.

The 14-year-old was with her family on Going-to-the-Sun Road Monday evening when the large rocks tumbled off the mountain. The vehicle was pelted by rocks between a few inches and a foot in diameter. Park officials said the amount that fell probably could have filled a pickup bed.

CBS Great Falls says the teen was too unstable to be airlifted and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The rest of her family sustained minor to moderate injuries.

"Whether it's rain, whether it's wind, you know, all of these things can cause rocks to fall," Lauren Alley, a spokesperson for the park, told CBS This Morning. "But rockfall in this magnitude is very unusual."

This was the first rockfall death at the park in nearly a quarter-century.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is driven by about 2 million people annually.

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