Park Responds to Medical Fatality on Going-to-the-Sun Road over Labor Day Weekend
West Glacier, MT – Over Labor Day weekend, a medical emergency temporarily restricted traffic for three hours just west of Lake McDonald Lodge.
At approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, Glacier National Park rangers responded to a 911 call for an unconscious man just west of Lake McDonald Lodge on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Rangers found a 64-year-old male unresponsive in a vehicle in which he had been riding as a passenger.
Park rangers, Three Rivers Ambulance, A.L.E.R.T. Air ambulance, and medically qualified bystanders administered CPR and other emergency medical treatment.
The victim, a resident of Whitefish, MT, was declared deceased on scene. He is thought to have died from a heart attack.
As A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance landed, traffic was stopped briefly, and then was routed around the incident in the far lane of travel until approximately 6 p.m.
While this is believed to be a death from natural causes, Glacier National Park is releasing this statement due to the number of people who witnessed the incident.