Three injured, 19 stranded during ‘substantial’ rockfall at Zion National Park


PARTY GOERS WHO MAY HAVE INFORMATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED. THREE VISITORS WERE INJURED AND SEVERAL OTHERS WERE STRANDED AT ZION PARK WHEN A LARGE ROCK FELL ON A TRAIL. Reporter: PARK RANGERS SAY PLUMES OF DUST, BRANCHES AND ROCKS, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, SHOWERED THE TRAIL ON SATURDAY, LEAVING VISITORS RUNNING FOR COVER. VISITORS CAPTURED THE MOMENT THE ROCK FELL 3,000 FEET DOWN CABLE MOUNTAIN. I WAS LOOKING UP AND WE HEARD THIS HUGE NOISE, SOUNDED LIKE — CONTINUOUS THUNDER. Reporter: HIKERS NEAR THE WEEPING ROCK TRAIL SOUGHT SHELTER AND WERE SURROUNDED BY PLUMES OF DUST. WITH A BUNCH OF TREE BRANCHES AND LITTLE ROCKS THAT HAVE COME DOWN TO OUR LEVEL BY THE TRAIL. Reporter: THREE HIKERS WERE INJURED, ONE HOSPITALIZED, AND 19 VISITORS WERE STRANDED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAIL. ROADS AND SHUTTLE STOPS WERE SHUT DOWN FOR 90 MINUTES UNTIL THE DUST COULD CLEAR. AT THAT POINT THOSE WHO WERE STRANDED WERE ABLE TO GET THEMSELVES OUT. STAFF SAY THAT LUCKILY THE ROCK EVENTUALLY LANDED ON THE EAST RIM TRAIL, WHICH HAD BEEN CLOSED ALL SUMMER. THE TIME OF DAY, THE FACT THAT EASTERN TRAIL WAS CLOSED, THAT REALLY DRASTICALLY REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT NEEDED HELP. Reporter: STAFF SAY THEY ARE UNSURE OF THE CONDITION OF THOSE WHO WERE HOSPITALIZED. THE WEEPING ROCK TRAIL AND THE NEARBY SHUTTLE STOP WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY. IN ZION NATIONAL PARK, KATIE CORRALIS. Anchor: BACK HERE IN NORTHERN UTAH, A DIP IN THE

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