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Taiwanese hiker killed by falling tree in Yellowstone

TAIPEI--Taiwan is taking measures to help a family get to the United States to claim the body of a relative who died earlier this week after being struck by a falling tree in Yellowstone National Park.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that as soon as its offices in Los Angeles and Seattle learned of the accident, they took the necessary steps, including contacting U.S. agencies to get details of the accident and contacting the family of the deceased in Taiwan.

The ministry did not disclose any other details related to the case.

The Yellowstone National Park released a statement on June 10 disclosing the death of a 36-year-old Taiwanese man on Monday.

The statement said the Taiwanese tourist was part of a group hiking the Fairy Falls trail, which is north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.

"The man left the trail and ascended a nearby tree-covered slope in an apparent attempt to get a better view of Grand Prismatic Spring, when a lodgepole pine tree fell and struck him in the head," the statement said.

The victim was declared dead at the scene after attempts to revive him failed, according to the park.

Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time, and that the fallen tree had been "a standing, dead lodgepole, fire-killed during the park's 1988 fires," the park said.

It said the accident remains under investigation.

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