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September 28, 2017

Rockfall at Yosemite National Park kills one, injures another

 

A rockfall at Yosemite National Park killed at least one person and injured another in California Wednesday.

The rockfall at the park’s El Capitan happened shortly before 2 p.m., the National Park Service said.

Around 30 or more climbers were at the wall when the rock tumbled down the park’s Waterfall Route, Ranger Scott Gediman said.

It remains unclear if the victims were climbers or tourists, Gediman said. The injured person was taken to the hospital. No names were immediately released.

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A rockfall at Yosemite National Park’s El Capital killed at least one person and injured another in California on Wednesday.

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A rockfall at Yosemite National Park killed at least one person and injured another in California Wednesday.

The rockfall at the park’s El Capitan happened shortly before 2 p.m., the National Park Service said.

Around 30 or more climbers were at the wall when the rock tumbled down the park’s Waterfall Route, Ranger Scott Gediman said.

It remains unclear if the victims were climbers or tourists, Gediman said. The injured person was taken to the hospital. No names were immediately released.

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“I saw a piece of rock, white granite the size of an apartment building, at least 100 feet by 100 feet, suddenly just come peeling off the wall with no warning,” said Canadian climber Peter Zabrok, 57, who was scaling El Capitan and was above the rock fall.

Zabrok said he has climbed El Capitan dozens of times and has “never seen anything like this.”

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