Date: February 4, 2014
Grand Canyon, AZ- The Coconino County Medical Examiner has identified the woman who died in a motor vehicle accident in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, January 31, 2014 as Yuan Gao, 24 of China.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a call about a two-car motor vehicle accident on South Entrance Road, approximately 3 miles north of the park’s South Entrance Station.
Ms. Gao was the passenger seated in the rear of the sedan. The driver and front seat passenger of the sedan suffered non-critical injuries and were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle, a pick-up truck, were uninjured.
A winter storm was producing sleet and snow prior to and during the motor vehicle accident and may have been a contributing factor to the incident.
John Hance, early Grand Canyon guide and storyteller, said of the Canyon, "It was hard work, took a long time, but I dug it myself, with a pick and a shovel. If you want to know what I done with the dirt, just look south through a clearin' in the trees at what they call the San Francisco Peaks." More...