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Man dies on Barr Trail; Manitou Incline, trail reopened

June 20, 2015 Updated: June 20, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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photo - The first wave of hikers ascend the newly renovated Incline trail Friday, December 5, 2014. The Incline was closed for three-months as it underwent $1.5 million facelift to improve loose railroad ties, erosion control and remove debris. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
The first wave of hikers ascend the newly renovated Incline trail Friday, December 5, 2014. The Incline was closed for three-months as it underwent $1.5 million facelift to improve loose railroad ties, erosion control and remove debris. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

A man died on Barr Trail Saturday morning after a medical emergency, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

The trail and the Manitou Incline were closed for hours as medical personnel tried to assist the man, who was about two miles up on Barr Trail, said Jacqueline Kirby, director of information for the Sheriff's Office.

The emergency was reported around 8:30 a.m., she said, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

Manitou Springs firefighters, police officers, Sheriff's Office deputies and search and rescue personnel responded, and witnesses reported seeing fellow hikers perform CPR on the man before the personnel arrived.

The man had a previous medical condition, Kirby said. She said she could not comment on the nature of the health condition.

Barr Trail was closed at the parking lot at the base of the trail and at pull-off points from the Incline, said Manitou Springs police spokeswoman Officer Odette Saglimbeni.

Both were reopened around 11:30 a.m., the man's body was brought down between 11:30 a.m. and noon, Kirby said.

His name has not been released pending next of kin notification; an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, Kirby said.

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Contact Stephen Hobbs: 636-0275

Twitter @bystephenhobbs

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