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Hell's Canyon Hiker Survives After 4,000-5,000 Pound Boulder Falls on Her

August 1 2004 at 11:08 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to July 2004 Accidents/Rescues


A 4,000- to 5,000-pound rock fell on a hiker who was trying to climb it Saturday, but she suffered no broken bones in the mishap.
Judy Curtis, who had been hiking with a church group in Hell's Canyon, was freed by rescuers who used three air bags to lift the rock off her legs. Larimer County sheriff's officials said Curtis was alert and talking the whole time.
Greg Curtis, who did not see the accident, said his wife was in good condition at Saint Anthony's Central Hospital in Denver. He said she may have to undergo surgery.
"No broken legs, just real bad cuts," he said. "It's a miracle. The paramedic told me the only thing that saved her leg was a decomposed tree underneath her," which apparently kept the rock from crushing her leg.
A sheriff's deputy said there was a depression under the spot where the rock landed. "That was the saving feature of the whole accident," sheriff's office spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said.
Judy Curtis, 47, of Arvada, and her husband have four children.

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