A 36-year-old Taiwanese man was killed on Monday in Yellowstone National Park after being struck in the head when a dead tree was blown down in windy weather.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
The man was part of a group that was hiking the Fairy Falls trail, north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road. He left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope, in an apparent attempt to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring, when a lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him. Other visitors who witnessed the incident notified two park maintenance employees working in the area. The workers relayed the information to Yellowstone rangers.
The victim was moved by rangers to the trailhead to await helicopter transport to a medical facility, but after attempts to revive him failed, he was declared dead at the scene.
The fallen tree had been killed during the park’s 1988 fires.
The incident remains under investigation by the National Park Service.