As of Tuesday, August 7, 2018
WEST GLACIER, Mont. – Investigation is ongoing into last week’s falling death of Spencer Flerchinger, 15, of Kamiah at Glacier National Park. According to the National Park Service (NPS), no suspicious circumstances have been noted.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, July 31, park dispatch received a call from a shuttle driver that a fall had occurred at Haystack Creek. Park rangers found Flerchinger had fallen approximately 100 feet below the road in Haystack Creek.
The victim was visiting the park with his parents. Initial witness reports indicate Flerchinger was exploring the culvert that runs beneath the road, slipped into the creek, and was carried through, falling approximately 100 feet below the roadway.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road was restricted to one lane travel for three hours Tuesday evening near the incident, and temporarily closed for approximately 10 minutes to vehicles in both directions while rangers secured the scene of the accident and recovered the victim’s body from a ledge below the road via litter carryout.
This fatality follows a similar death in July of 2017 at Haystack Creek when a person fell into the creek above the culvert while taking a photograph. According to NPS, while falls into water features are a common cause of injury and death, the recent occurrence of another fatality at the same location is not commonplace.