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Man Dies After Falling from Grand Canyon Rim

The 53-year-old Texas man fell near El Tovar Lodge.

by: Trent Knoss


A Texas man died Saturday after falling from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

In what officials are calling a freak accident, CNN reports that John N. Anderson, 53, fell more than 30 stories from an overlook near the El Tovar Lodge.  Anderson died at the scene from his injuries.  The National Park Service is investigating the incident.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram adds that Grand Canyon National Park usually responds to about 1,300 medical emergencies per year.  Out of all 59 national parks, GCNP typically holds the highest number of search-and-rescue missions per year. 

Read more: CNN / Fort Worth Star Telegram

**This article has been updated to reflect the correct date of the incident.



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