Teen girl only survivor in freak rock slide that killed her entire family (VIDEO)
A 13-year-old girl was the only survivor of a Colorado rock slide that killed five hikers including her parents yesterday. The victims were crushed and buried under huge boulders the size of cars at the Agnes Vaille Falls Trailhead. The teen, Gracie Johnson, was left with a broken leg and rushed to Children's Hospital of Denver. This poor kid is now without parents!
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The boulders that crushed these five hikers exceeded 100 tons. They had crashed down to the popular hiking area where the five victims and Gracie Johnson were. A female hiker had heard the slide run down the trail and immediately called for help. Rescuers rushed to the scene and found five dead bodies and the 13-year-old girl with a broken leg along with other injuries.
So far none of the victims have been identified. They are speculating that Gracie's parents Dwayne and Dawna Johnson, two coaches at nearby Buena Vista High School were among the people killed in the rock slide since they haven't been seen since. But rescuers still haven't recovered the bodies. They also don't know if these individuals were hiking in a single group or if they all just happened to be in the same area.
This is absolutely devastating! I can't even imagine how that poor 13-year-old must be feeling right now. She has two siblings, her younger sister, Kiowa and her brother, Dakota. Fortunately, neither one of them were on the hiking trip. Could you imagine?
"It was totally unexpected. It caught everybody by surprise," Chaffee Country Undersheriff John Spezze said. The slide caused such a mess that rescuers couldn't even go in and recover the bodies. A Sherriff's department spokesperson did confirm that the recovery efforts would most likely take place sometime this afternoon. Engineers and experts from a mining company have been trying to work out a plan to safely reach the victims' bodies.
The crazy thing is this trail was supposed to be safe. It's actually one of the first hikes recommended to new people in the area, including tourists. This was clearly not something anyone anticipated. I've always wanted to go hiking, but this tragic story definitely has me thinking twice about it. My heart really goes out to that 13-year-old girl, her siblings, and the victims' families.
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