Woman dies after cardiac emergency in RMNP

Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.

Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Park rangers and medics pronounced a 67-year-old woman dead at the scene after responding to a cardiac emergency in Rocky Mountain National Park Tuesday afternoon.

According to RMNP, park rangers were informed of a cardiac emergency at a vehicle pull-out area on Trail Ridge Road, about 1/2 mile west of Forest Canyon Overlook, Tuesday afternoon.

Park rangers said the woman, who was with family members, was unresponsive when they arrived on scene and remained so despite advanced medical care.

An Estes Park Medical Center ambulance assisted the rangers during the incident.

RMNP said the fatality was not lightning related.

The victim’s name and hometown will be released after next of kin are notified.

The death follows two other fatalities over the weekend at RMNP.

On Friday, a woman was killed and seven other people were injured when lightning struck the Ute Crossing Trail.

The following day, 52-year-old Gregory Cardwell of Nebraska died after a lightning strike in a Rainbow Curve viewing area.


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