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Teen suffers broken femur from falling boulder in Utah County

Posted at 8:38 PM, Jun 15, 2024

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A teenager was severely injured by a falling boulder Friday night in Spanish Fork Canyon.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened Friday around 7 p.m. in the Red Ledges area of Diamond Fork. They said a large boulder fell, breaking the boy's femur.

Utah County search and rescue volunteers responded, along with the Spanish Fork first responders and the Utah Department of Safety's helicopter. After a three-hour rescue process, the 16-year-old from Provo was taken to the Utah Valley Hospital via ambulance. He is scheduled to undergo surgery.

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According to the National Library of Medicine, the femur (thigh bone) is the longest, heaviest and strongest bone in the human body.

The sheriff's office shared an X-ray image of the broken bone, in which it appeared to be completely broken in half.