Agnes Vaille Falls
Agnes Vaille Falls (Jeff Hall/Flickr)

Five Dead in Colorado Rockslide

One girl survived

Agnes Vaille Falls

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A 100-ton-rockslide killed five people at a vantage point looking up on Agnes Vaille Falls in Northrop, Colorado on Monday. A 13-year-old girl, who suffered a broken leg, is the lone survivor, the Associated Press reports. 

“The true hero here is her dad,” Sheriff’s Deputy NickTolsma told the “Today Show.” “She said her dad jumped on top of her to protect her right at the last moment when the rocks were coming down.”

Engineers are currently evaluating the stability of the area and crews hope to return to retrieve the bodies Tuesday, after the ground thaws out from the night’s freeze. While the cause of the slide is unknown, heavy rain in the area may have been a factor.

The trail to the falls is relatively easy, CNN reports that rockslides are fairly common in the area.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Jeff Hall/Flickr