A 36-year-old Taiwanese visitor to Yellowstone National Park who apparently was aiming for a better camera angle of Grand Prismatic Spring was killed when a tree fell on top of him.
The man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, died Monday afternoon, park officials said Tuesday. He was part of a group that was hiking the Fairy Falls trail, which is north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.
According to a park release, the man left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope in an apparent attempt to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring, when a lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him in the head.
Other hikers who saw the accident alerted park authorities. "The victim was moved by rangers to the trailhead to await helicopter transport to a medical facility, but after attempts to revive him failed he was declared dead at the scene," the release said. "Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time, and that the fallen tree had been a standing, dead lodgepole, fire-killed during the park’s 1988 fires."