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Man dies after 40-foot fall in Zion National Park

Man dies after 40-foot fall in Zion National Park

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ZION NATIONAL PARK — A 49-year-old Santa Clara man died this week from injuries sustained in a 40-foot fall along the Northeast Buttress route, which is below Angels Landing.

Park officials identified the man as Lyle Dale Hurd III. According to national park officials, Hurd was hiking with three other men on Friday when he fell. The accident is under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the National Park Service.

Hurd's hiking partner witnessed the fall and called for emergency assistance. Twenty members of the Zion Search and Rescue Team assisted with the initial response and to recover Hurd's body once it was determined he had not survive the fall.

Hurd's death was the second fatal accident in the park during 2012.

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