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Mowing halted at national parks after fatal fall

Cutting grass suspended at US parks nationwide after fatal fall of maintenance worker in NC By The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ' Cutting the grass at all national parks has been suspended indefinitely because of safety concerns following the death of a maintenance worker in North Carolina.

The National Park Service sent an order to its regional offices Friday to halt mowing at its 397 parks that are spread across every state except Delaware.

The agency is reviewing safety procedures after 63-year-old Dana Bruce of Alexander died at the Haw Creek Overlook north of Asheville.

The seasonal worker's riding mower fell more than 140 feet down a boulder-strewn embankment May 7. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The agency says the amount of time that parks will be suspended depends on their size and characteristics. Smaller sites could resume quickly, while larger ones could take weeks to do safety checks.

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