Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image A Salt Lake area woman died Saturday after a boulder she stepped on dislodged and fell on top of her on Stansbury Island. (Courtesy of Tooele County Sheriff's Office)

March 5, 2019
Boulder kills woman on Stansbury Island hike

A 37-year-old woman died Saturday on Stansbury Island after a large rock fell on top of her, according to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Salt Lake area woman, whose identity has not been released, was hiking on Stansbury Island with her husband and a friend Saturday afternoon, according to Tooele County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Scharmann. 

They were walking in line, with the woman in the middle, when she stepped out of the path and onto a rock, Scharmann said. The rock began to slide and she tried to jump off it, but the rock landed on top of her in the bottom of the gully. 

Scharmann said the boulder was about 4 feet by 4 feet by 18 inches and too heavy to move by hand. He said the trio was not on the marked trail from a nearby trailhead and the embankment was very steep and rocky where the accident occurred. 

The report of the rock slide came in around 3 p.m., right after the accident occurred, Scharmann said. North Tooele Fire District, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office and Tooele County Search and Rescue all responded to the incident. 

The woman was ruled dead at the scene and extrication efforts were put on hold for investigators to document the scene, Scharmann said. Due to the size of the boulder, NTFD firefighters had to use extrication equipment to lift it enough to free her, around 7:30 p.m.

Scharmann said the area on Stansbury Island where the woman died is a popular location for hiking.

The woman’s name has been held since Saturday to allow for family notification, Scharmann said. An initial report on the circumstances of the accident is expected later this week.


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