Become a mythical place, many fans took risks to be able to see the famous bus ofInto the Wild. But the authorities in Alaska decided to relocate the “Magic bus”, which was on the way to Stampede. Indeed, this decision was taken for security reasons.
This old bus from the 1940s had become the object of the envy of many fans. Popularized in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book, then Sean Penn’s 2007 film, the bus was 40 km west of the town of Healy on the way to Stampede. However, it will no longer be possible for the more reckless of fans to go and see him.
Indeed, between 2009 and 2017, according to local authorities, nearly fifteen rescue and search operations had to be put in place to rescue hikers. Some got lost, others got hurt. Moreover, Swiss and Belarusian hikers were even killed in 2010 and 2019. In addition, in February 2020, the authorities had rescued Italian tourists.
” After studying the matter closely, weighing many factors, and considering a variety of alternatives, we decided it was best to remove the bus from its location on the trail.“, Declared Corri Feige, the commissioner in charge of natural resources for the state of Alaska. ” (…) This is an abandoned and deteriorating vehicle that required dangerous and costly rescue efforts, but more importantly, it cost the lives of some visitors. I am happy to have found a safe, respectful and economical solution to this situation. “
As a result, the authorities have decided to move the bus on June 18, 2020. In the meantime, the bus will be kept on a secure site, and it could be exposed.