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Tourists Warned After Rockslide Kills Teen, Injures Four Others

A 14-year-old girl was killed after rocks fell on to the roof of her family's car in Montana, shattering the back windshield.

The family were driving along a popular road in the Glacier National Park on Monday when they became caught up in a rockslide.

Pat Cummings was driving down the road in Glacier National Park when traffic stopped amid sounds of horror.

"I could clearly hear a woman crying frantically, screaming, you know, 'Please help her. Someone please just help her,'" she said.

A 14-year-old girl was killed on Monday when rocks as big as 12 inches wide tumbled onto her family's car as they drove near Montana's Glacier National Park, reports say. Image: CBS News

Park officials confirm a car driven by a family of five from Utah was caught in a rockfall that generated enough debris to fill the bed of a pickup truck.

Some of the stones were 30 centimetres in diameter.

A 14-year-old girl in the car was killed while her parents and two siblings were injured, prompting a warning about potential dangers for tourists.

"Whether it's rain, whether it's wind, you know, all of these things can cause rocks to fall," said Lauren Alley, a spokesperson for the park.

"But rockfall in this magnitude is very unusual."

Park officials confirm a car driven by a family of five from Utah was caught in a rock fall that generated enough debris to fill the bed of a pickup truck. Image: CBS News

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"If there had been more cars probably closer together, I do think it could have been worse," Cummings said.

The rockslide happened on the 80-kilometre long "Going-to-the-Sun Road," driven by about two million people every year.

The road's last rockfall death was more than two decades ago -- and the danger is not always preventable.

"It's a little bit tough to inspect the mountain above the road," Alley said.

"Rocks are continually shedding as part of that geologic process."