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Woman dies while hiking Big Bend National Park trail in Texas


A 64-year-old woman died Monday in Big Bend National Park in Texas after collapsing on a trail, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

Rangers were called to the Hot Springs Canyon Trail around 2:45 p.m. Officials tried CPR and a helicopter was called to transport the hiker, but she died, the park service said.

The Big Bend incident in southwest Texas near the US-Mexico border happened the same day a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the nearby village of Rio Grande, according to the National Weather Service.

Hot Spring Canyon Trail has no shade or water, the park service said.

“While we cannot conclude that weather was a factor in this incident, March reminds us that the beauty of spring often brings dangerously hot temperatures to Big Bend,” said park acting assistant superintendent Rick Gupman. , in a press release. “Our entire Big Bend family sends their sincere condolences to the hiker’s family and friends.”

The hiker’s name has not been released. Big Bend National Park covers approximately 800,000 acres.

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