TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, May 22, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An ATV outing turned tragic for a couple who were riding in the Indian Creek Canyon area Tuesday.
Tooele County Sheriff’s Patrol Lt. Ron Johnson said a 71-year-old man fell off a steep embankment and his ATV rolled over him.
His wife was unable to get any cellphone service at the scene and had to drive her ATV “a very long way” to reach an area from which she could call for help.
Several agencies assisted in the rescue effort, and when they reached the man’s wife, “she took a first responder fire unit to the area where her husband fell,” Johnson told Gephardt Daily.
He said Life Flight also aided in locating the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The call first came in at 2:20 p.m., and detectives and other responders were just returning with the man’s body at about 10 p.m.
“It’s a very remote area, with rugged terrain,” Johnson said.
He did not release the man’s name, because he wasn’t certain that all family members had been notified.
Johnson said a lot of people came out to assist in the search and rescue, including crews from Dugway, Life Flight, Terra Fire Department and Skull Valley, and “we really appreciate all their help.”