Two people were killed in a rock slide at Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. The incident occurred at the park’s entrance, near the Arch Rock Ranger Station, when a large boulder fell from a cliff and struck a vehicle.
The two fatalities were both passengers in the vehicle, according to park officials. Two other people were injured and transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The identities of the victims have not been released.
Park rangers and emergency personnel responded to the scene, and the park’s entrance was closed as they worked to clear the debris. The entrance reopened on Wednesday but the cause of the rock slide is currently under investigation.
Rock slides are a common occurrence in Yosemite National Park, but they rarely result in fatalities. In 2015, a rock slide in the park killed a hiker who was struck by falling debris.
This latest rock slide serves as a reminder of the dangers of visiting the park, and park officials are urging visitors to be aware of their surroundings and to follow safety guidelines when hiking or driving through the park.