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Tree Kills Hiker in Yellowstone

The Taiwanese man was hiking off-trail when he was killed by a widowmaker.

by: Abbey Dufoe

image: Wikipedia
image: Wikipedia

A 36-year-old man died Monday after being hit by a falling tree in Yellowstone National Park.

In a statement,
the National Park Service said that the Taiwanese tourist was part of a group hiking the Fairy Falls Trail in the Old Faithful area. Visitors who witnessed the incident say the man was attempting to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring when he climbed up a tree-covered slope and was hit on the head by a dead lodgepole pine.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene after witnesses sought help and revival efforts failed.  Rangers said that windy conditions likely contributed to the accident.

Read more: NPS


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