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Falling boulder slams into 70-year-old hiker high on rugged Utah peak, rescuers say

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A 70-year-old woman’s trek up a rugged eastern Utah mountain took a terrifying turn Monday when she fell, The Deseret News reported.

Just 100 feet short of Hayden Peak, a loose boulder crashed down on the woman after she fell, according to the publication. She began sliding down the mountain.

“Next thing I knew she was coming down in front of me,” said Wade Meier, who was hiking with Richins, KSL-TV reported.

“Not really sure what happened right then,” Meier said. “I think somebody else other than me was there and stopped her, but I reached down and kind of caught her under the arm — which was good because she would have gone a long way had I not caught her.”

A helicopter rescued the woman, who suffered a broken femur along with head and arm injuries, from the peak in the Uinta Mountains in Summit County, The Gephardt Daily reported.

The accident took place about 1:20 p.m., KSTU reported.

“I believe that she was blessed that she didn’t get hurt any worse than she was,” said Paul Richins, her husband, KSL-TV reported.

A 37-year-old woman died in March hiking on Stansbury Island in Utah when her foot got caught beneath a boulder, which then rolled on top of her, McClatchy news group reported.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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