Hiker in critical condition after fall in American Fork Canyon

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-24 23:28:59-04

UTAH COUNTY — Utah Highway Patrol says a hiker was critically injured after falling nearly 75 feet  in American Fork Canyon Tuesday afternoon.

UHP says the 23-year-old hiker from Ogden was with three friends walking back to their parked car when he told them he was going to find a short-cut back to the vehicle. According to Lt. Tom Hodgson, the man was hiking through some pine trees above Little Mill Campground when he slipped on some loose rock and fell.

The hiker suffered head injuries as well as cuts and bruises on his body. He was in a medical helicopter within a half hour after the accident and was airlifted to Intermountain Medical Center at about 4 p.m.