Numerous Hiking Accidents Over Weekend

Numerous Hiking Accidents Over Weekend

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KSL NewsA 41-year old woman was seriously injured while hiking Sunday when she was struck by a tumbling boulder.

The woman was with two companions, hiking in Little Cottonwood Canyon, high above the White Pine area. Somehow a 40-pound rock, about 14-inches in diameter, became dislodged and struck the woman in the chest.

Search and rescue units had to hike more than five hours to reach her. A helicopter was called in to bring her down to an ambulance.

This is second time that a boulder has hit a hiker. Earlier this summer a young man was killed when he was hit in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Another hiker fell this afternoon, sending search and rescue crews on their fifth mission in the past two days.

Crews say three people were hiking up Grandeur Peak in Millcreek Canyon when the two girls went out on a rock outcropping. One of them had an asthma attack, blacked out, and then fell 15 to 30 feet. She suffered minor injuries. Her sister was then stuck on the ledge above, and crews had to rescue both.

Also, crews responded to two dehydrated hikers on Lone Peak Saturday night. They were part of two separate groups that had gone hiking in the area and ran into each other on their way back down the mountain.

One of the men was so dehydrated his legs started cramping and he crawled into a sleeping bag because he felt cold. Search crews sent a helicopter up to help locate the men.

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