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Police ID skier who died after hitting tree at Brighton Ski Resort

Police ID skier who died after hitting tree at Brighton Ski Resort

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police released the name of the man Tuesday who died in a skiing accident at Brighton Ski Resort on Monday.

The skier was identified as Michael Rueckert, 63, according to a tweet from the Unified Police Department.

Witnesses said Rueckert lost control when he avoided a stopped skier around 1:30 p.m. He then hit a tree.

Members of Brighton's ski patrol and paramedics with Unified Fire Authority administered first aid but were unable to revive him. Rueckert was pronounced dead at the resort.

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Linda Williams is's early morning web producer. She joined in 1997 after many years at KSL TV. Originally from Los Angeles, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Brigham Young University and now calls Idaho home.


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