A Taiwanese man visiting Yellowstone National Park died Monday after being struck by a falling tree when he walked off a trail, the park reported Tuesday.
The 36-year-old man, who is not being named until family members are notified, was hiking when he left the trail and climbed a hill. A lodgepole pine tree fell and hit the man in the head.
Yellowstone rangers moved the man to the trailhead to be picked up by a helicopter and taken to a hospital. However, when officers couldn't revive the man he was declared dead at the scene.
Rangers said it was windy in the park at the time. The fallen tree was a dead tree which had burned during the park’s 1988 fires.
The incident is under investigation by the National Park Service.
Contact Lillian Schrock at 307-266-0574 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lillieschrock.
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