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Hikers from Wisconsin rescued on visit to "Into the Wild" site

ANCHORAGE, AK (WTAQ) - Three hikers, including at least two from Wisconsin, were rescued while on a pilgrimage to a famous abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness.

45-year-old Thomas Young of Horicon, 29-year-old Matthew Peot of Milwaukee, and Kenneth Young -- whose hometown was not disclosed -- were trying to get to the dilapidated bus made famous by the book and movie "Into the Wild."

A State Patrol spokeswoman said the group ran into high river water -- and they camped for a few days to see if the water would get low enough to cross the river.

Their journey ended when Thomas Young tripped and hurt himself with an ax. His injuries were minor.

The incident happened August 6th, but it was not publicized by the Alaska State Patrol until Wednesday. It occurred about 180 miles north of Anchorage near the entrance to the Denali National Park and Reserve.

Authorities are often called to help people hiking to the bus used in the film "Into the Wild" -- which chronicled the life of Alaskan hiker Chris McCandless who spent four months living in the bus while on a hike there in 1992. He died on the bus from starvation.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)