Three climbers hurt by fall­ing tree

Times Colonist - - Canada -

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Three climbers were in­jured — one crit­i­cally — af­ter they were hit by a fall­ing tree Tues­day near Lake Louise in Banff Na­tional Park.

“Pop­u­lar with climbers, the area is known as Out­house Wall,” Parks Canada said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. “A por­tion of a dead tree … fell and struck a group of climbers at the bot­tom of the wall.”

A re­port by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cana­dian Moun­tain Guides said it’s be­lieved high winds top­pled a brit­tle tree. It said the tree fell 80 to 100 me­tres and hit the climbers.

Of­fi­cials said one of the three was able to walk out of the area, and two were taken to hospi­tal in Banff.

An air am­bu­lance was dis­patched to Banff hospi­tal, where a man in his mid-20s was picked up. An am­bu­lance spokesman said the man suf­fered a lifethreat­en­ing trau­matic in­jury.

“We trans­ported him to Foothills Med­i­cal Cen­tre [in Cal­gary] in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” said Fa­tima Khawaja, an am­bu­lance-ser­vice spokes­woman.

The guides as­so­ci­a­tion said the area is not closed, but noted there are dozens of dead trees above the climb­ing spot. The group sug­gested wear­ing a hel­met and leav­ing the area when there are high winds.

Part of a dead tree landed on three climbers Tues­day at the bot­tom of Out­house Wall near Lake Louise, Alta.

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