Woman Drowns on Way to Into the Wild Bus

29-year-old traveling to see vehicle from book and movie

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2010 5:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another tragic ending gets looped into an already tragic story: A Swiss woman drowned Saturday while trying to cross a swollen river on the way to the abandoned bus made famous by Jon Krakauer's book (and the resulting movie), Into the Wild. Alaska state troopers say Claire Jane Ackerman, 29, lost her footing and was pulled under by the current. The old Fairbanks city bus, where 24-year-old Chris McCandless camped out and starved to death in 1992, has become a destination for adventurers, notes the AP.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner tells a slightly different story, reporting that her companion says they weren't trying to get to the bus. A Troopers rep says it's "anyone's guess" what they were doing. Click here for more details.

The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992.
The abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992.   (AP Photo/ Jillian Rogers)
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