Five hikers killed, teen injured when rock slide crashes onto popular Colorado trail

Victims were all members of the same family

BUENA VISTA, Colo. - A sheriff's deputy says the teenage girl who survived a Colorado rock slide said her father protected her from the falling rocks.
 
Authorities say all five people who were killed and the teenage girl who survived were members of the same family.

Authorities have identified the victims of a Colorado rock slide as members of an extended family from Colorado and Missouri, including a 10-year-old boy.
 
The Chaffee County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday the lone survivor, 13-year-old Gracie Johnson, was dug out by rescuers and taken by helicopter to a Denver hospital with a broken leg.
 
The five people who were killed included Gracie's parents, Dwayne and Dawna Johnson, and her 18-year-old sister, Kiowa-Rain Johnson, all of nearby Buena Vista, Colo.
 
The sheriff's department says the other victims were 10-year-old Baigen Walker and 22-year-old Paris Walkup, both of Birch Tree, Mo. They were nephews of Dwayne and Dawna Johnson.
 
Dwayne Johnson was 46. Dawna Johnson was 45.
 
The slide occurred Monday on a popular hiking trail in south-central Colorado.
 
The girl was airlifted to a Denver hospital with a broken leg after being dug out by rescuers.
 
Deputy Nick Tolsma said he saw her hand sticking out from the rocks and helped pull her out. He said she told him that her father covered her as the boulders fell, saving her life.
 
About 40 people equipped with ropes, shovels and other tools set out Tuesday for the site below Mount Princeton in south-central Colorado.
 
 

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