Big Falls Rock Slide Kills 11-year old Girl

HealthLabor Day

FOREST FALLS, Calif. (KTLA) -- A rock slide, possibly caused by heavy rain, killed an 11-year-old girl and injured a teenage boy as they hiked in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Firefighters received a call about the slide at around 12:10 p.m. Monday.

Rescue crews had to hike a mile into the Big Falls Trail area to the spot where the girl was hit in the head with a "medium-sized boulder," said Tracey Martinez, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

"We don't know what caused the slide but (Big Falls) had some torrential downpours the evening before and in the early morning," she said.

That rain may have made the hillside unstable, she said, which may have contributed to the slide.

The Big Falls Trail area is known for flooding, she said.

When firefighters reached the girl, she was still breathing but her "vital signs were extremely weak," Martinez said. Paramedics made attempts to stabilize the girl, but were not successful.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:05 p.m., Martinez said. Coroner's officials identified her as Taylor Vejar.

A boy, between 15 and 18 years old, suffered a broken foot when he was struck by a rock, Martinez said.

Firefighters carried him back to a spot an ambulance could access. From there, the teen was driven to a local hospital.

Vejar and the teen were part of a group -- of children, teens and adults -- from Rancho Cucamonga who were hiking the Big Falls Trail on Labor Day, Martinez said.


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