Yosemite rock fall kills at least one person, hurts another

Yosemite rock fall kills at least one person, hurts another

Kerry Wise
September 29, 2017

One person has been killed and another injured by a rockfall from El Capitan, according to authorities at Yosemite National Park in California.

Yosemite National Park said that the rockfall was near the Waterfall climbing route on the eastern face of the rock.

The person who was injured was rushed to the hospital and is now being treated.

Park ranger Scott Gediman told the AP that at least 30 climbers were on the wall when the rock fell.

Multiple 911 calls reporting the rock fall were made just before 2 p.m., she said.

The rocks peel off in giant slabs because they are destabilized by small contractions that come with changes in season and temperature.

A climber who was above a deadly rockfall at Yosemite National Park says a hunk of granite "the size of an apartment building" fell off the mountainside.

Vehicles were shrouded by a cloud of dust from the new rockfall from El Capitan on Thursday. Rangers closed a road on the north side of the park because of the rock fall
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No other victims were found by rescuers.

Gediman said crews were working to transport the injured person to a hospital.

Rockfalls are common in Yosemite Valley, with about 80 each year.

Sixteen people have been killed and more than 100 people have been hurt by rockfalls since park records began in 1857. "We were on the summit of Half Dome when we saw this". It was not immediately clear whether they were tourists or climbers.

Officials said the park remains open and visitor services were unaffected by the incident. The injured victim was transported out of Yosemite to receive medical treatment.

Longtime Yosemite climber Peter Zabrok (ZAY'-brok) says he's never seen anything like the chunk of rock that broke off. Zabrok said it was as big as an apartment building.

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