18-year-old suffers critical injuries after falling 65 feet from tunnel


Photo: Utah County Sheriff’s Office

SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – One man suffered critical injuries after falling 65 feet from a tunnel Thursday night.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office responded to calls reporting a man falling down a tunnel near Thistle Gun Range Training Center at 11:30 p.m.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon said when crews arrived on scene they found an 18-year-old man had fallen about 65 feet from a tunnel that was put in place as an overflow when the Spanish Fork River backed up following the Thistle mudslide in 1983. 

Sgt. Cannon said medical responders reported that the victim may have sustained a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a fractured skull, possibly a broken hip, and multiple lacerations.

The terrain where the victim fell made it very difficult for Spanish Fork Ambulance personnel to get to him.  It took crews around an hour and a half to get the man out. He was in critical condition when he was flown to the hospital.

There were five people with the man at the time of the fall, Sgt. Cannon said. 

Sgt. Cannon said the area is a strict no trespassing area and no one should be in the area without a legitimate reason.

” The Utah County Sheriff’s Office admonishes those who would consider engaging in illegal activities such as this to consider the very serious risks to the life and health of those involved,” the agency said in a statement.

A 21-year-old Orem man fell and died at this same tunnel in June 2012.

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