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.
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."
"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."