Stampede Trail 'magic bus'

A group of hikers take a break at Bus 142 along the Stampede Trail on June 21, 2009. 

A 24-year-old Belarus woman died Thursday while trying to cross the Teklanika River on the Stampede Trail near Healy.

Veronika Nikonova and her husband, Pyotr Markelov, also 24, were trying to reach the abandoned bus where hiker Christopher McCandless starved to death in 1992, according to Alaska State Trooper spokesman Ken Marsh.