One dead, two injured in Blue Mountains walking track collapse
UPDATE: TWO National Parks contractors are being winched to safety after being injured in a rock fall at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains which killed their co-worker this morning.
One man, suffering multiple fractures, has been winched from the scene and is currently being transported by helicopter to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition.
The other patient remains on scene in a stable condition, awaiting extrication by helicopter.
The workers were all caught in a rock fall when parts of a sandstone cliff fell onto the National Pass walking track this morning.
The rock fall occurred near the bottom of a cliff face, about 45-minute walk along the track, an ambulance spokesperson told radio 2GB.
The steep 6km walking track was closed to the public at the end of August because of dangerous and unstable rocks overhead.
A National Parks warning said the area had been assessed by a geo-technical engineer due to "a very dangerous, unstable section of rock above the walking track."
It said "appropriate measures" would be undertaken to "remove this extreme hazard".
Large rocks are understood to have fallen on the track, which attracts about 90,000 visitors every year, in November last year before monitoring of the rock face in August showed signs of further instability.
Emergency services received a triple-0 call about the rock fall and fatality at 11.45am but due to the location it took rescuers considerable time to reach the location.
Fifteen ambulances, including special operations team paramedics, responded, along with three rescue helicopters and NSW Police personnel.
Witnesses to the scene in a Channel Seven helicopter reported that several sandstone sections of the cliff face had fallen onto the track.
Wentworth Falls received three millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am, the Bureau of Meteorology reports, which may have contributed to the rock fall.
EARLIER: ONE person has died and two others have been injured after a rock slide and walking track collapse at Wentworth Falls National Park in the Blue Mountains.
Emergency services received a triple-0 call at 11.45am this morning to Falls Rd.
Due to the remote location of the landslide it took rescuers some time to reach the site.
NSW Ambulance confirmed one person has been killed and two others have been injured.
Fifteen ambulances, including special operations team paramedics, have responded along with three rescue helicopters and NSW Police personnel.
More to come