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Accident Victim Rescued From 500 Feet Below Rim

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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On Monday, January 29th, rangers received a report that a car had crashed through a fence at the Tomichi overlook along the south rim of Black Canyon. When they arrived just before nightfall, they found a 2007 Kia Optima four-door sedan wedged between the cliff face and rocks about 500 feet below the rim. A rescue ensued. Rangers were assisted by personnel from the Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse and Montrose FD in the four-hour-long operation. A haul system was employed to extricate the driver, 31-year-old Praveen Daniel, an Indian national from the Chicago area. Daniel was taken to Montrose County Hospital, where he was last reported in stable condition, suffering mostly from bumps and bruises. The Kia was first spotted by an employee of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association who was leaving the park after reading meters. Given the time of day, the accident would otherwise have most likely been undetected until the following morning. The car was equipped with side airbags and the driver was wearing his seatbelt.  The accident investigation is continuing.  



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