(KSL News) Little Cottonwood Canyon is back open this morning following a late-night crash.
Deputies say a group of cars coming down the canyon had stopped for a deer crossing the road when one of the drivers lost control. He over-corrected, sending his car tumbling down a ravine.
Deputy Levi Hughes with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office said, "We had some witnesses that were right behind him, one that we understand was a nurse who climbed down this canyon, in the dark mind you, not knowing where they were going. A deputy came and tore off some of his uniform equipment to get down there as quickly as possible to get this guy the aid he needed, for this man to survive this accident."
Officials shut down the road while a special rescue crew used ropes to get down the steep slope and bring the man up to safety.
The 53-year-old man was flown to the hospital in critical condition.