HolyCoast: Death on Her First Day At Yellowstone

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Death on Her First Day At Yellowstone

Tough story:
An 18-year-old woman plunged hundreds of feet to her death on her first day working at Yellowstone National Park.

The unidentified woman was hiking with three people along the edge of the popular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on Thursday evening when she walked off the trail at Inspiration Point, the Yellowstone National Park Service (NPS) said.

As the teenager, who had started working for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a private concessions firm at the park, explored the loose rock headland it "quickly gave way underneath her," according to a statement.
When we were at the Grand Canyon in April we walked a little ways down Bright Angel Trail and I marveled at how easily you could kill yourself by a slip of the foot along the edge. There are no guard rails and the park wasn't built by Disney - there are real dangers out there. I even bought a book about all the fatalities that have occurred in the Canyon, many of them caused by people falling from spots where we walked during our visit. It's surprisingly easy to do.

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