Utah Man Who Rolled 25 Feet Down Cliff, Climbs Back Up Embankment for Help

Utah Man Who Rolled 25 Feet Down Cliff
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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, UTAH – September 2, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – A 34-year-old man is in good condition Wednesday after failing to negotiate a curve in Big Cottonwood Canyon and rolling his vehicle down an embankment.

According to Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell, the 34-year-old man was headed east up the canyon and appeared to have been traveling too fast when he failed to came to a curve at 8724 East Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd. “The driver ended up going off the cliff and down 25 feet then he actually continued another 600 feet vertically along the embankment before coming to a stop,” said Bell. “He then got out of his vehicle and climbed back up to the road and was able to flag down a passing motorist.”

The man refused to be transported by ambulance but the good samaritan who had stopped to help offered to take him. “He did accept the offer from the man to take him to the local hospital as a precaution,” said Bell. “From what we know, he is in good condition with some minor injuries.”

Initial reports came out saying the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel but that has later been confirmed as untrue. “After the investigation, it appears speed was the factor here and he did not fall asleep,” said Lt. Bell.

Lt. Bell said the man was wearing his seat belt which prevented him from sustaining more serious injuries.


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