It was a busy week for Yellowstone Park Rangers as three accidents in the park resulted in one fatality and significant injuries to others. Carl Dullmaier of Germany, sustained a head injury after being thrown from a horse near Tower Junction. The man later died from his injuries after being life flighted to a Billings, Montana hospital.
A 37-year-old Provo, Utah man suffered severe thermal burns on the Solitary Geyser Trail in the Upper Geyser Basin. He was transported West Yellowstone, Montana, and from there by fixed-wing aircraft to the Salt Lake City Burn Center.
A 65-year-old male British national from Bangkok, Thailand, suffered injuries when he was thrown into the air by a bull bison at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was later transported to the Livingston, Montana hospital.
Park officials remind visitors to stay on boardwalks and designated trails while viewing all thermal features in the park. Park rules require that people stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves at all times, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including elk and bison. Yellowstone personnel respond to an average of 700 emergency medical calls each year.