Driver found, flown to hospital day after truck plunges 100 feet in Hobble Creek Canyon

Photo Courtesy: LifeFlight

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, June 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was flown to the hospital Tuesday after his vehicle plunged 100 feet over a steep embankment in Hobble Creek Canyon on Monday, officials said.

Utah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon told Gephardt Daily that the crash happened at an unknown time on Monday in the right hand fork of the canyon. Cannon said the crash occurred “about two miles past the end of the pavement,” near the Balsam Campground on a road that is winding and has numerous switchbacks.

Cannon said someone who was driving past on Tuesday saw the vehicle, and alerted authorities.

UCSO deputies, Springville emergency crews and LifeFlight responded to the site.

The man “appears to have relatively minor injuries, possibly broken ribs, cuts and scrapes, and is dehydrated,” Cannon said.  The man has been flown to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo.

A tow truck responded to the crash site to retrieve the truck, but officials said it may be too far down the embankment.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash, Cannon said.

“Luck is a good way to describe what happened today,” Cannon said. “Somebody looked at the right thing at the right time. Someone happened to see the truck and followed up on that.”

The truck was found about two miles from where the remains of Elizabeth Salgado — the 26-year-old woman missing from Provo since April 2015 — were found last month. The Balsam Campground is about 13 miles east of Springville.

The man has not been identified by authorities.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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