Hiker injured at Grand Canyon

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- A hiker needed medical attention Friday night after being injured at the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park rangers were called after a 19-year-old man was hurt during a rock fall. The incident took place in an area of the canyon known as the “Box,” which is nine miles below the North Rim on the North Kaibab Trail.

Officials said a sizable thunderstorm was passing through the area at the time of the incident.

Park rangers requested a helicopter for medical transport, but due to the weather a helicopter wasn’t able to arrive until early Saturday morning.

The teen was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition.

An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the National Park Service.

Authorities remind everyone to always be aware of the weather conditions while hiking. For more information about weather and hiking during monsoon season visit www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/trip-planner-grca.pdf