CUSCO, Peru – A nearly week-long saga of pain and uncertainty came to a close as German tourist who was traveling on the Inca Trail died in a Cusco hospital.
Andina news agency writes that the accident took place at approximately 10:30 am on Sunday, Dec. 22. 73-year-old Werner Jobst Grimpen fell from a precipice along the Inca Trail along with hiker Frank Sherrien Phillipp, a fellow German traveler of 27 years of age. Andina reports that that the two tourists fell after rocks near the Wiñayhuayna sector came loose and fell.
According to Andina, Jobst Grimpen was taken to Machu Picchu Pueblo immediately following the fall, and then was taken by train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, Jobst Grimpen was taken by ambulance to Cusco, where he was taken in for treatment at the Pardo Clinic.
Medical personnel told Andina that Jobst Grimpen succumbed to his injuries at noon on Friday, Dec. 27. The traveler’s cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries as well as severe trauma to the brain.
Injured hiker Frank Sherrien Phillipp is recovering from his wounds, reports Andina.
Jobst Grimpen’s remains are currently being kept in the Cusco morgue.