Colorado rock slide kills 5 hikers

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, CO – A peaceful hike turns deadly. Five are dead after a rock slide near Agnes Vaille Falls, two and a half hours southwest of Denver, Colorado.

The sole survivor: a 13-year-old girl. Though the victim’s identities haven’t been released, the girl says she was hiking with her family, and the local sheriff says the girl’s dad jumped on top of her to shield her from the rock. Tragic.

It happened on a popular hiking trail near Mount Princeton. The sheriff says some of the boulders that fell on the hikers were as big as cars.

While the cause of the rock slide is unknown, recent heavy rains could be a factor.

“The whole left side of it there where it’s grey, it’s just gone. It used to be this big massive pillar of black rock,” says resident, Justen Boyer. “I see a whole side of the mountain missing.”

A family gone in the blink of an eye.

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