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Falling tree kills hiker in national park

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” A spokesman for Rocky Mountain National Park says a tree fell on two 68-year-old hikers in the park Tuesday, killing one of them and briefly stunning the other.

Park spokesman Larry Frederick said volunteers have retrieved the body and were bringing it out. He said the wind, which had gusted up to an estimated 50 mph, was still blowing trees down when rescuers arrived.

Much of the area is populated by lodgepole, which don’t have deep roots.

The two men were hiking in the Wild Basin area when wind blew down the tree about 2:30 p.m.

Frank Waterhouse, building and grounds manager at the Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center, said the wind had been gusting all day in the area.

Waterhouse said the second hiker returned from the scene two miles away and reported his partner was dead. He said both men were from Boulder and both were 68.

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“He said (his friend) had no pulse and wasn’t breathing,” Waterhouse said. “He was calm and concerned for his friend, a little shaken but mostly concerned for his buddy.”

Waterhouse said the area had been getting gusty winds all day.

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