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Garland man dies after falling 75 feet in climbing accident

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 12:19:30-04

CACHE COUNTY, Utah -- A Garland man is dead after falling 75 feet in Logan Canyon Saturday morning.

At about 9 a.m., Cache County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the incident in an area known as First Wall. William Hornberger, 46, was assisting a group of young women in a climbing activity, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The release states Hornberger climbed to the top section of the hill to tie in anchors for the group.

“In the process of doing so, William slipped and fell approximately 75 feet,” according to the release. “The incident was witnessed by others in the group.”

Paramedics from Logan City Fire Department and the Cache County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit responded to the scene.

According to the release, crews cut the lock off a gate allowing the quick access to the area.

Hornberger was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators have determined the incident to be an unfortunate accident. Hornberger’s body been turned over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.