One Dead, More Injured in Yellowstone Accidents
Yellowstone National Park rangers have been on their toes this week as they struggled to respond to a rash of serious injuries throughout the park. On Monday alone the park dealt with the following tragedies which were detailed in a Yellowstone National Park press release:
Carl Dullmaier, 56, of Gernsheim, Germany, sustained a head injury when hewas thrown from a horse near Tower Junction. He later died from his injuries after being lifeflighted to a Billings, Montana, hospital.
A 37-year-old man from Provo, Utah, suffered thermal burns on the Solitary Geyser Trail in the Upper Geyser Basin. He was transported by ambulance to West Yellowstone, Montana, and from there by fixed-wing aircraft to the Salt Lake City, Utah, Burn Center.
A 65-year-old male British national from Bangkok, Thailand, suffered injuries when he was thrown into the air by a bull bison at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Livingston, Montana.
Park rangers deal with over 700 accidents and injuries every year and many of these tragedies could be avoided if visitors would follow park safety recommendations. Park officials are asking visitors to stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards away from all other wild animals. Also, be cautious around thermal features by staying on posted walkways. The boiling water from geysers and other attractions can create brittle ground along the perimeter leading to numerous accidents.