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Utah hiker dies after boulder rolls on top of her, police say

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STANSBURY PARK, Tooele County — A 37-year-old woman died Saturday after a large boulder rolled onto her while hiking at Stansbury Island.

The woman was hiking down a trail and was on the boulder when it moved and trapped her. The woman then fell forward and the boulder somehow rolled on top of her, said Tooele County Sheriff's Lt. Travis Scharmann.

The woman, who was from the Salt Lake area, was with her husband and friend when the accident occurred about 3 p.m. police said.

The slick conditions made the steep terrain more dangerous, Scharmann said. "With as slick as it is, I wouldn't be up here hiking."

But he said police have not seen an accident like this happen before in the area.

"This is a normal area for people to come up hiking so this is just an unfortunate accident," Scharmann said.

Officials recovered her body Saturday night. Investigators have not yet released the woman's name.

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