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Girl flown to hospital after horse rolls over her during 4-H competition

Girl flown to hospital after horse rolls over her during 4-H competition


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SPANISH FORK — An 11-year-old girl was flown to a hospital after the horse she was riding during a 4-H competition rolled over her, police said.

Police responded to a report of the incident at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 475 S. Main, shortly after 10 a.m., Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson said.

“It was reported that the horse reared up and that the female fell off and then the horse rolled on her,” Johnson said.

He said the girl was crying and “somewhat responsive” when emergency responders arrived.

Emergency responders were concerned the girl suffered head trauma and she was taken by medical helicopter to Utah Valley Medical Center as a precaution, Johnson said. He did not know the condition the girl was in at the hospital.

Johnson said police don’t receive many calls about incidents with horses at the fairgrounds and said it’s a reminder for people to wear a helmet and be aware of their surroundings when they are riding their horse.

Contributing: Brianna Bodily

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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