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Man survives after 200-foot crash down Spanish Fork Canyon

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-18 19:30:51-04

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — An Orem man is lucky to be alive after surviving a 200-foot crash into Spanish Fork Canyon on Wednesday.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office says the 47-year-old man contacted authorities around 6:30 a.m. saying he had crashed his truck. The man was uncertain about his exact location, but was aware of certain roads he had taken.

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Unable to use helicopters due to the weather, Search and Rescue teams mobilized with a motorcycle and other vehicles to find the man. During their search of the canyon near Wadsworth Peak, the crews saw a white pickup truck down a steep embankment, and then heard the driver yelling.

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Crews were eventually able to fly the man out of the canyon after waiting for the weather to clear once they realized his injuries were non-life-threatening. An ambulance was then able to take him to the hospital.

The driver told officials that his truck had teetered over the edge of the embankment for a few moments before crashing down the side of the mountain.