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Utah crews work for 3 hours to rescue teen, trapped on trail with fractured femur

A teen hiking in the Spanish Fork Canyon area was trapped when a boulder fell on top of him, breaking his leg

By Mitchell Willetts
The Charlotte Observer

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — A 16-year-old was trapped on a hiking trail after a boulder fell and broke his leg, Utah rescuers told news outlets.

First responders made their way to Red Ledges, a hiking area in Spanish Fork Canyon, at 7:22 p.m. Friday, June 14, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a June 15 news release.

A “large” boulder tumbled and struck the teen’s leg, snapping his femur, officials said, sharing video from the scene.

The boy was hiking when the boulder hit him, KUTV reported.

It took three hours to rescue the teen, and the video shows crews working into the night by the light of headlamps. A helicopter was also used to help extract him from the rugged terrain, video shows.

The teen was taken to a hospital for treatment, rescuers said. Officials have not commented on the teen’s condition.

Red Ledges is a roughly 25-mile drive southeast from Provo.

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