CBS Dallas Fort Worth is reporting the death of a climber at the Summit Climbing gym in Grapevine, Texas on Sunday evening. Initial reports indicate that the climber, a 52 year old woman, failed to properly attach herself to the auto-belay and fell 25 feet to the ground.
Authorities said the injured woman was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. The Dallas County medical examiner has identified the victim as Susan Mailloux, of Irving.
Grapevine police said Mailloux was an experienced climber and was climbing unsupervised on Sunday. Police are continuing an investigation into the fall.
Late Sunday, Kyle Clinkscales, owner of Summit Climbing Gym told NBC DFW: “We are heartbroken for this tragic accident. Our hearts go out to her and her family.”.