Police identify two tourists killed in U.S. national park

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-03 16:12:31|Editor: xuxin
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- U.S. authorities released Monday the identities of two tourists killed last week in Arches National Park in the western U.S. state of Utah.

A family of three fell while traversing a steep slope in the area of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at approximately 07:45 a.m. local time (1545 GMT) on Friday.

The two dead, Toshiaki Amimoto, 65, and Etoko Amimoto, 60, were a couple from Torrance, California. The surviving male adult, age 30, was flown to local hospital with serious injuries, said the Grand County Sheriff's Office in a press release.

The accident occurred in a sandstone bowl that is adjacent to Delicate Arch. The weather at the time of the accident was intermittent rain and snow, adding the Sheriff's Office.

The surviving man, Ryo Amimoto, is the son of the couple, U.S. news outlets reported, citing local officials.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Park Service and Grand County Sheriff's Office.

The Arches National Park in southeast Utah is a popular tourist destination in the American west, known for its over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. More than 1.66 million people visited the park in 2018.