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Mt. Rainier, Washington – One Dead, Two Injured in Rockfall at Liberty Ridge

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Posted on May 31, 2019

Mt. Rainier, Washington (May 29, 2019) – One person died and two other injured after a rockfall swept through the campsite of three parties. The first person rescued was listed in serious condition, and was airlifted to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle. Another injured person and the deceased were flown out at 2:30 p.m., and they were transferred to Morton Hospital and Pierce County Medical Examiner respectively. The remaining climbers were flown off around 4:45 p.m.

The call first came in around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, reporting that a rockfall had swept through the camping site of three parties of two climbers. In the rescue twenty-four rangers from Mt. Rainier National Park were involved, as well as a chaplain from Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy. The identities of the climbers have not been released.

About Crush Injuries

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victims. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid areas with risk of falls if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary.