Woman killed in lion attack at private park in South Africa; another person injured

A male lion stands in the breeze at the Lion Park outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015. Jerome Delay/AP

JOHANNESBURG – A lion killed an American woman at a private park in Johannesburg on Monday, the park said.

The lion attacked the woman who was sitting on the passenger side of a vehicle with the window down in violation of park regulations, said Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park.

“We can confirm she was American and the consulate has been informed,” Simpson said.

Earlier, the U.S. Embassy said it had received reports of an “incident involving a U.S. citizen” at the Lion Park and was ready to offer “any assistance possible.”

The Lion Park is a popular destination for tourists who can drive in their own vehicles through large enclosures where lions roam freely. Visitors can also pet lion cubs in smaller pens.

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