Grand Canyon hiker falls to her death ‘trying to take pic’ on July 4th weekend – The Sun

A GRAND Canyon hiker fell to her death while "trying to take a picture" on July 4th weekend.

Maria A. Salgado Lopez, of Scottsdale, Arizona, took a fatal plunge off Mather Point in Grand Canyon National Park on Friday afternoon, according to the National Park Service.



At around 12.35pm, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center was notified of a visitor who fell.

Lopez's body was found by park rangers approximately 100 feet below the rim of west Mather Point.

The NPS news release stated that Lopez had been "hiking off trail and taking photographs with family when she accidentally stepped off the edge."

Terror-stricken screams can be heard in a cell phone video, which appears to be taken near the scene and shared to Twitter.

The tweet read: "@GrandCanyonNPS woman fell to her death today at Mather point.

"You can hear people screaming…. We realized someone must have fallen and we called 911."

Someone in the background of the video is heard saying: "That's why you don't go down there. That's why there is no trail down there."

The National Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the incident.

"Grand Canyon National Park staff encourage all visitors to have a safe visit this holiday weekend by staying on designated trails and walkways, always keeping a safe distance from the edge of the rim, and staying behind railings and fences at overlooks," the NPS explained.

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