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Yellowstone sees string of accidents Monday

Rangers spent Monday responding to several accidents, including one that resulted in death. According to a news release Tuesday, they were:

A head injury. Carl Dullmaier, 56, of Gernsheim, Germany, sustained a head injury when he
was thrown from a horse near Tower Junction. He later died from his injuries after being flown to a Billings, Mont., hospital. Thermal burns. A 37-year-old man from Provo, Utah, suffered thermal burns on the Solitary Geyser Trail in the Upper Geyser Basin. He was transported by ambulance to West Yellowstone, Mont., and from there by fixed-wing aircraft to the Salt Lake City, Utah, Burn Center. Bison trouble. A 65-year-old male British national from Bangkok, Thailand, was hurt when he was thrown into the air by a bull bison at Mammoth Hot Springs. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Livingston, Mont.

Park officials are reminding the public to:

Stay on boardwalks and designated trails while viewing all thermal features in Yellowstone, as scalding water underlies thin, breakable crusts and many geyser eruptions are unpredictable. Be safe around animals. Intentionally approaching or disturbing animals is dangerous and a violation of park regulations. Park rules require that you 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 officials said they respond to about 700 emergency medical calls a year.

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