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Poway girl dies after falling down canyon in Yellowstone National Park

Poway girl dies after falling down canyon in Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone River flows through Yellowstone National Park's Grand Canyon, where officials say an 8-year-old Poway girl fell to her death. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

An 8-year-girl from San Diego County died after falling more than 500 feet down a canyon in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday.

Zahra Allahyari of Poway was hiking with family members Sunday morning when she fell down the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the National Park Service said.

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The incident occurred about two-thirds of the way down the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls.

"Zahra reportedly stepped off the trail, lost her footing, and fell approximately 550 feet into the canyon," park officials said in a statement.

Park personnel retrieved her body about noon Sunday.

There have been three accidental deaths this year at Yellowstone, according to officials.

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