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Falling rocks kill 14-year-old girl and injure 4 others at Glacier National Park

Falling rocks kill 14-year-old girl and injure 4 others at Glacier National Park
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Falling rocks kill 14-year-old girl and injure 4 others at Glacier National Park
A 14-year-old girl was killed and four others injured when falling rocks hit their car at the Glacier National Park in Montana.The rocks hit the top of the car Monday night and shattered the rear windshield. In addition to killing the girl, rocks also injured her parents and two other children in the vehicle, the park said in a statement.It estimated the rocks were between fist-sized and 12 inches in diameter along with enough debris from the rockfall to fill the bed of a pickup truck. The incident happened near the East Tunnel on the popular and mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road.An ambulance that responded could not airlift the girl because of her unstable condition, the park said.Flight paramedics traveled with her using ground ambulance to Kalispell, Montana. She died while being transported to a local hospital, the park said."The two adults suffered significant bruises and were transported to area hospitals. The two other children in the vehicle had minor injuries and also went by ambulance to the hospital," the park said.According to KUTV, the victims were identified as members of the Sparrow family, who were visiting from Utah. The 14-year-old victim was identified as Ayva Sparrow. A family friend said the community had been trying to support the family. "It's a true loss to the community, obviously a true loss to their family," Daniel Walker said. "We are going to miss Ayva."A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses. "The Sparrow's set off on their family vacation to Canada. Shortly after leaving the trip came to a tragic end," the page reads, in part. "Ayva could light up any room she entered with her contagious personality. Ayva loved helping her dad with Traegar trade shows. Reading was her favorite activity. She loves cats, her dog, friends and most of all her little sister. Ayva will be missed dearly by her family and community."Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed briefly Monday night while crews cleared the rocks and a tow truck removed the vehicle.The last fatal injury from rockfall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road was in 1996 when a vehicle was struck, according to the park.

A 14-year-old girl was killed and four others injured when falling rocks hit their car at the Glacier National Park in Montana.

The rocks hit the top of the car Monday night and shattered the rear windshield. In addition to killing the girl, rocks also injured her parents and two other children in the vehicle, the park said in a statement.

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It estimated the rocks were between fist-sized and 12 inches in diameter along with enough debris from the rockfall to fill the bed of a pickup truck. The incident happened near the East Tunnel on the popular and mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

An ambulance that responded could not airlift the girl because of her unstable condition, the park said.

Flight paramedics traveled with her using ground ambulance to Kalispell, Montana. She died while being transported to a local hospital, the park said.

"The two adults suffered significant bruises and were transported to area hospitals. The two other children in the vehicle had minor injuries and also went by ambulance to the hospital," the park said.

According to KUTV, the victims were identified as members of the Sparrow family, who were visiting from Utah. The 14-year-old victim was identified as Ayva Sparrow.

A family friend said the community had been trying to support the family.

"It's a true loss to the community, obviously a true loss to their family," Daniel Walker said. "We are going to miss Ayva."

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

"The Sparrow's set off on their family vacation to Canada. Shortly after leaving the trip came to a tragic end," the page reads, in part. "Ayva could light up any room she entered with her contagious personality. Ayva loved helping her dad with Traegar trade shows. Reading was her favorite activity. She loves cats, her dog, friends and most of all her little sister. Ayva will be missed dearly by her family and community."

Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed briefly Monday night while crews cleared the rocks and a tow truck removed the vehicle.

The last fatal injury from rockfall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road was in 1996 when a vehicle was struck, according to the park.