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Boulder Kills Hiker After He Saves Friend

May 23, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A hiker was crushed to death by a falling 5-ton boulder after he pushed a friend out of the rock's path, authorities in Salt Lake City said.

Seth Buhr, 22, was hiking Wednesday with friends in Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 15 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, when the boulder fell as the group was taking a break beside a waterfall, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

The friends tried to lift the boulder, said Joe Freed, who was on the hike, but they couldn't budge the huge rock. A rescue crew used ropes and pulleys to lift the boulder so Buhr's body could be removed.

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