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Texas Man Dies After Fall at Grand Canyon

March 19
21:46 2014

A 53-year-old man from Grapevine, Texas, died after an accidental fall from the south rim of the Grand Canyon near El Tovar Lodge. John N. Anderson was visiting Grand Canyon National Park with his wife over the weekend. Authorities report he was alone when the accident occurred on Saturday, March 15.

John Anderson

John Anderson

Rangers received a report of a fall from the rim around 8am on Saturday. Other visitors in the area had heard the fall and called it in. Rangers found Anderson about 350 below the rim and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He died at the scene of multiple injuries from the fall, according to a preliminary ruling by the Coconino County medical examiner’s office. Park officials say the incident is under investigation.

Anderson owned and operated John Anderson State Farm Insurance in Bedford, Texas. He was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in chemical engineering. He was married with two sons and a daughter, according to his home town newspaper.

More than 100 visitors to the Grand Canyon have fallen to their deaths since the 1870’s, including both suicides and accidental falls.

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