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Park Staff Deal With Multiple Incidents Over Two Day Period

Bryce Canyon National Park

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Park employees and park partners responded to several incidents over the course of a two-day period last week. At 3 a.m. on Monday, October 17th, rangers responded to a report of an assault at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. A concession employee was arrested and transported to the county jail in Panguitch. Later that day, rangers responded to a motorcycle crash on Highway 63, the main road that runs through Bryce Canyon.  The motorcycle operator failed to negotiate the first in a series of turns in the highway called “the S curves;” the front wheel of the motorcycle caught the soft shoulder, causing it to tip onto its operator while in motion. The operator was transported to Garfield County Memorial for treatment of multiple injuries.  As emergency personnel were returning from the motorcycle accident, they received a report of a lightning strike igniting a tree behind the Bryce View Lodge in Bryce City. The park fire department responded with a structural engine and provided backup for Tropic Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was extinguished shortly after they arrived on scene. On the afternoon of October 18th, rangers responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 63 in which a visitor had fallen asleep at the wheel and driven off the road. The car crossed the oncoming traffic lane, went onto the shoulder, struck several trees, and hit a park sign. The sign impaled the passenger side windshield, narrowly missing the driver.  A park structural engine, Tropic Volunteer Fire Department, and Garfield County Ambulance responded to the scene and used extrication equipment to remove the driver. The visitor was transported to Garfield Memorial Hospital for stabilization and then flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City. Once again, Bryce Canyon emergency personnel would like to thank the dedicated Tropic Volunteer Fire Department and Garfield ambulance personnel who volunteer countless hours of training and applied skills to saving human lives in Garfield County as well as in Bryce Canyon NP.


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