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1 Dead, 2 Injured After Pair Of Rockslides At Yosemite's El Capitan

One man is dead and two people are injured after a pair of spectacular rockslides at Yosemite National Park this week. On Thursday a slab of granite tumbled off the park’s famous climbing destination El Capitan, injuring an elderly man driving nearby. On Wednesday another piece of rock broke off the same site, killing British climber Andrew Foster, 32, and seriously injuring his wife, according to park officials.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Andrea Lankford (@andrea_lankford), a former park ranger at Yosemite, about safety in the park.

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Andrea Lankford, right, author of "Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks," with Bruce Phillips as a park ranger at the scene of a deadly rock slide in Yosemite in July 1996. (Courtesy Andrea Lankford)
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Andrea Lankford, right, author of "Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks," with Bruce Phillips as a park ranger at the scene of a deadly rock slide in Yosemite in July 1996. (Courtesy Andrea Lankford)