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Falling tree kills Taiwanese tourist in Yellowstone National Park

Posted: 06/10/2014 5:34 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 06/11/2014 10:20 AM

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - A Taiwanese man is dead after being hit by a falling tree while hiking off an established trail in Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials aren't releasing the 36-year-old man's name pending notification of his family.

A statement from park officials say the man was hiking on the Fairy Falls trail, north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.

The man had left the trail was climbing a slope Monday afternoon when a dead pine tree fell and struck him on the head. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time. The tree that fell was among those killed during the park's 1988 fires.

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