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Idaho Teen Dies After Falling 100 Feet In Glacier National Park

Aug 1, 2018

An Idaho teenager fell to his death Tuesday in Glacier National Park while exploring a culvert in a steep mountain roadway.

Park spokesperson Lauren Alley said the accident that claimed the life of 15-year-old Spencer Flerchinger of Kamiah, happened in Haystack Creek about 5-miles west of Logan Pass.

Flerchinger, who was visiting the park with his parents, was swept over a cliff with a 100-foot drop.

Alley urges park visitors to always remember to pay attention to their surroundings.

"Playing in and near water – particularly with slippery rocks – is one of the leading causes of death in the park," says Alley. "That’s important for people to prepare for, because when they get to the park there’s a lot to think about and a lot to do. It’s important to think, ‘Ok, how could this be dangerous to me? It’s not an area I’m familiar with. What could happen?’ It’s an important conversation to have with yourself."

The accident happened in the same location where a 26-year-old Corvallis, Montana man died just over a year ago.