SPANISH FORK — A 59-year-old Bluffdale man was hospitalized in serious condition Thursday after rolling an all-terrain vehicle in Spanish Fork Canyon.
The man was on a deer hunt with friends in the Long Hollow area of the canyon when he encountered a "steep, rocky area of the trail," Utah County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Willes said. The man's vehicle rolled around 5 p.m. — when he was about two miles up the trail — and he injured either his femur or his hip.
We've had several accidents in that area just because of how rocky and steep it is.
–Deputy Doug Willes
"He obviously couldn't use his leg," Willes said of the man's injuries.
It was the man's friends who reported the accident, prompting members of the Utah County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team to respond. They hiked the man down to a safe area where a medical helicopter took him to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
The man was breathing and responsive at the time.
Willes said it was unclear how well the man knew the area, but that he and his group had set up camp for the hunt. Sheriff's officials, however, know the region well.
"We've had several accidents in that area just because of how rocky and steep it is," Willes said.