UPDATE: Woman injured in Zion National Park rockfall

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, 9/15/21, 7:21 P.M.

UTAH (ABC4) – A woman is in the hospital after she was injured during a rockfall in Zion National Park Wednesday afternoon.

According to park officials, the rockfall happened in The Narrows, a popular section of the park, just 250 meters past the end of Riverside Walk around 1:04 p.m.

During the rockfall, multiple cobble-sized blocks tumbled down into the river, kicking up sand and dust along the way.

One of the blocks struck a young adult woman. Search and rescue crews responded were able to locate the woman and take her to a local hospital. Her condition and the extent of her injuries were not provided.

In light of Wednesday’s rockfall, park officials provided these safety tips if you do encounter such an event:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to warning signs, stay off closed trails, and keep away from cliff edges. If you are at the base of a wall or when a rock fall occurs above, seek shelter immediately behind the largest nearby boulder or move away from the cliff.  
  • Inform park staff if you witness a rockfall, by calling the Park Information line at 435-772-3256 and/or email information and photos to zion_park_information@nps.gov,  
  • Learn and understand more about rockfalls. Continue to learn about this geologic process happening in national parks that you visit.  

UTAH (ABC4) – Crews are working to rescue a person from a rockfall in Zion National Park.

According to park officials, the rockfall happened in The Narrows, a popular section of the park, around 1:04 p.m.

Search and rescue crews are currently working to rescue a person, identified as a young adult, for “potential transport” to the hospital.

Both Riverside Walk and The Narrows have been closed as a result of the rockfall.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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