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Rain and clouds hamper rescue in Spanish Fork Canyon

Aug 18, 2021, 5:42 PM
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Search and rescue vehicles involved in finding a man in Spanish Fork Canyon on Wednesday. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office

SALT LAKE CITY — An injured man in Spanish Fork Canyon called 911 early Wednesday morning to report he needed help after crashing his truck. But the Utah County Sheriff’s office said weather kept search and rescue officials from being able to use helicopters or airplanes to find him.

So the man had to describe, as best he could, where he was. He remembered he’d gone up Diamond Fork to the Springville Crossing, then onto the Right Fork of Hobble Creek, and then Forest Road 132.

That was enough for Utah County Search and Rescue to initiate a search.

“SAR members went by motorcycle, four-wheeler, and side-by-side in an effort to find this 47-year-old Orem man,” said the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.

The searchers found the man near Wadsworth Peak. They saw a white pickup truck that had crashed down a steep embankment and then heard the man yelling at them.

Photo credit: Utah County Sheriff’s Office

By that time a Department of Public Safety helicopter was able to fly and land near the accident scene. The injured man was transported to a hospital by a Spanish Fork ambulance crew with injuries that were not life-threatening despite his falling 200 feet down the side of the mountain.

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