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30-year-old woman trapped under a 1,500-pound boulder in Golden freed after hours of effort

Golden Fire Department says she was in critical condition, has multiple fractures and was unconscious

By JESSE PAUL | jpaul@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
Courtesy: The City of Golden A 30-year-old woman was critically hurt on Wednesday afternoon after being struck by and trapped under a 1,500-pound boulder while hiking with friends at the popular North Table Mountain Park in Golden.
Courtesy The City of Golden

A 30-year-old woman was critically injured when she was struck by and trapped under a 1,500-pound boulder while hiking at the popular North Table Mountain Park in Golden Wednesday afternoon.

As she was being rescued, the Golden Fire Department said she had multiple fractures and was unconscious, “but her vitals are fairly good.”

The woman’s legs were pinned under the boulder and it took more than two hours for rescue crews to free her. They used a hydraulic system that was hiked up to the scene, about an hour from the trailhead.

A team of about a dozen first responders then carried the woman about 45 minutes up a steep, snowy hill to a waiting Flight For Life helicopter. She was loaded on the chopper and then flown to an undisclosed hospital.

Golden fire spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said the woman was hiking with a man to an area where they planned to mountain climb when the boulder fell.

“They were trying to just get to a place,” Tilley said. “They were looking around. The gentleman that was with her said he heard a large crack and looked up to see the boulder release. It just barely missed him.”

“It was a casual hike,” she added. “There was nothing unusual about the hike that they were on. It’s a very, very popular trail.”

Read the rest of the story in The Denver Post.


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