Bryce Canyon park ranger dies after tripping, hitting head

Tom Lorig, 78, was directing a visitor to a shuttle bus when the accident happened, the National Park Service says.

A park ranger died after he tripped and fell while working Friday night at Bryce Canyon National Park.

The National Park Service said Ranger Tom Lorig, 78, was helping with Bryce Canyon’s annual astronomy festival around 11:30 p.m. when the accident happened. He was directing a visitor to a shuttle bus when he fell and hit his head on a large rock.

The visitor found Lorig unresponsive, officials said, then flagged down a law enforcement ranger. Other rangers, local paramedics, and even “medically trained bystanders” worked together to attempt life-saving measures, but they were unable to revive him.

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