A man injured his back and had to be transported out of Spanish Fork Canyon via air ambulance after crashing while paragliding in the area.
According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a man crashed into a group of trees on the south side of Spanish Fork Canyon, near Escalante Cross, about 5 p.m.
“If there weren’t trees there was a good chance he could have skedaddled down the mountain and been injured more,” Cannon said.
Search and Rescue teams hiked to the man, who prepared him to be hoisted by air ambulance to the Spanish Fork Gun Club, where he was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
“If this had been in a more readily accessible area, they would have just walked in and carried him out. But it was a very steep area,” Cannon said.
The man was at about 6,000 feet in elevation where he crashed.
Cannon said crews do not know how he crashed. The paraglider had launched from Squaw Peak in Provo with the goal of traveling 100 miles, Cannon said.