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Posted by possum on April 14, 2004 at 10:11:03:

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Rangers Respond to Three Serious MVA’s

The park received a report of a rollover accident on the road to Scotty’s Castle just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10th. Rangers responded and provided medical assistance to the two people who were in the car. The passenger – Minal Malde, 26, of Los Angeles – was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown 75 feet from the vehicle. CPR was administered, but she died of her injuries. Just a few minutes prior to this fatal accident, the park had been notified of a motorcycle accident in which the operator had been trapped under an automobile that ran over him. The motorcyclist, who sustained severe trauma, was extricated from under the vehicle by park staff. Earlier on this busy spring break/Easter weekend, rangers dealt with another rollover accident. Distances between accident sites ranged from 15 to 40 miles, thereby stretching already thin resources. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accidents.[Submitted by Ed Derobertis, Acting Chief Ranger]

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