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    A Grand County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle blocks the entrance to Arches National Park as emergency personnel respond to a scene of a car accident that closed the entrance for hours Saturday, June 13. Photo by Carter Pape

    The main entrance to Arches National Park temporarily closed Saturday afternoon, June 13 because of a car accident that occurred near the park’s visitor center. The park service confirmed Monday, June 15 that one person died in the crash but did not release the identity of the victim.

    According to a dispatch from 1:48 p.m. to Grand County Emergency Medical Services, a “possible decapitation” occurred near the park entrance, involving a gate and a car. The Moab Valley Fire Department was dispatched to the park entrance an hour later for “an extrication of an 85-echo,” which is an abbreviation for an “obvious fatality.”

    Emergency response personnel from the park service, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County EMS, the Moab City Police Department and the Moab Valley Fire Department responded to the scene to assist with the accident.

    “The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident, and it is still ongoing at this time,” said the park service in a social media post Monday. “Our sympathies go out to the family members of the deceased and our thanks to all agencies that responded to assist with the accident.”

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