Man Dies at Big Bend National Park

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG BEND - A man died over the weekend while hiking at Big Bend National Park.

69-year-old Richard Bruce Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina, died from a medical condition on Sunday while hiking in the Grapevine Hills area of the park after becoming ill.

Johnson was being transported by park rangers in the park ambulance when he became unresponsive. Park rangers, as well as Terlingua Fire and EMS, provided advanced life support in an effort to resuscitate which proved unsuccessful.

"We are truly saddened by this tragic death," stated Superintendent William E. Wellman, "and offer our condolences to the Johnson family and friends."