A Utah teenager died and four others were injured on Monday night, Aug. 13, after falling rocks struck their vehicle at Glacier National Park in northwest Montana, officials said.
The family was riding in their vehicle when the rockfall occurred around 7 p.m. near the east tunnel on Going-to-the-Sun Road, park officials said.
The rocks came crashing down from a nearby mountain, hit the top of the vehicle, shattered the rear window and caused fatal injuries to a 14-year-old girl, Glacier National Park said.
The girl’s parents suffered “significant” bruising and were taken to a hospital for treatment. Two other children in the car also suffered minor injuries.
Paramedics attempted to take the girl to a local hospital, but she died on the way there.
Officials said the amount of debris that came from the rockfall could have “filled the bed of a truck.” The rocks ranged in size, with the smallest being about the size of a fist and the largest about a foot in diameter.
The victim’s name, her family, and their hometown were not immediately released, and the park said her family is asking for privacy.
“The park extends its deepest condolences to the girl’s family and thanks its partner emergency care providers for the significant response,” Glacier National Park said in the statement.
The park said the teen’s death is the first death from falling rock on the road since 1996.