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Utah girl, 14, killed by falling rocks at Glacier National Park; 4 family members injured
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Utah girl, 14, killed by falling rocks at Glacier National Park; 4 family members injured

14-year-old Utah girl killed by falling rocks at Glacier National Park

Utah girl, 14, killed by falling rocks at Glacier National Park; 4 family members injured

A 14-year-old Utah girl was killed and four family members were hurt Monday when their vehicle was struck by falling rocks at Glacier National Park, authorities said.

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The family members, whose names have not been released, were traveling on Going-to-the-Sun Road in the park, located in Montana, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

According to park officials, the girl was from Farr West City, KECI reported.

According to a news release from the U.S. National Park Service, rocks struck the top of the vehicle and shattered its back window, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The rocks ranged in size between "fist-sized" and 12 inches in diameter, park officials said. Park officials estimated the debris from the rock fall would have filled the bed of a pickup truck, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

An ambulance that responded was unable to airlift the girl because of her unstable condition, park officials told CNN. She died en route to an area hospital, according to park officials.

The two adults in the vehicle suffered significant bruising and were taken to an area hospital, the Great Falls Tribune reported. The other two children in the vehicle suffered minor injuries, the newspaper reported.

Officials with the National Park Service said the last time a rockfall caused a death on Going-to-the-Sun Road was 1996, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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