Rock hit man on head as he drove out of Yosemite park

Oct 01, 2017, 00:28
Rock hit man on head as he drove out of Yosemite park

Officials at Yosemite National Park say one person was killed and another injured in a rock fall on the granite face of El Capitan.

The pair, found with climbing equipment, are believed to have been scouting out the ascent from a trail when the granite sheet measuring about 40m (131ft) by 20m (65ft) fell shortly before 14:00 local time (21:00 BST) on Wednesday.

The collapses come at the peak of climbing season for El Capitan, when people from around the world come to test their skills on its sheer walls.

On Thursday a slab of granite tumbled off the park's famous climbing destination El Capitan, injuring an elderly man driving nearby.

Experts have assured the public there is no more danger of another giant rock fall. Officials say a helicopter is on its way to rescue the climber.

Scott Gediman, a park ranger in Yosemite National Park said it was a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The precise cause of the latest Yosemite Rock Falls will require a geologic investigation, but as Fresno State Geology Professor Jerry DeGraff explains, they are just what happens when you have granite cliffs.

"It's kind of an inherently risky sport", Hayden Jamieson, 24, of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., said Friday, as he prepared to head up the nose of El Capitan early today with his climbing partner. Detecting shifts in rocks could be a sign that one will break loose days or maybe years later, he said.

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He said Mrs Foster, originally from Staffordshire, was being treated for life-threatening injuries in an area hospital and had been told of her husband's death.

"Something came through our sunroof, but we didn't know - it was closed".

"We were trying to outrun it".

Ian Mort, 60, of Los Angeles could smell the dust and he sat in jammed traffic after Thursday's rock fall as he headed into the park for his first trip, but he said he wasn't concerned.

"We are a young married couple who enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together", they wrote.

"It was done at tremendous peril to the rescuers because there were three subsequent rock falls that were all almost as big and would have killed anybody at the base", he said.

The man killed Wednesday was identified as Andrew Foster, 32, of Wales.

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