HORSE RIDER SUFFERS FATAL FALL AT HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

May 26, 2009, 1:43 PM HST · Updated May 26, 1:43 PM
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Authorities identified the man who died in a fatal fall near the crater yesterday as long-time Maui resident and experienced horseman, Edward Wilson.

A visitor reported the incident at around 1 p.m. on the Halemau’u Trail in the Summit District of Haleakala National Park.

County spokesperson Mahina Martin said the man fell approximately 100 feet in the incident.

Poor visibility and weather conditions prevented rescue personnel from retrieving the body until first light today.

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The exact cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Park officials say the Halemau’u Trail is a steep and scenic trail and is located in an area where weather can change quickly.

(Posted by: Wendy OSHER © 2009; Placeholder image courtesy NPS)

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