Uinta winds topple tree, injuring Scout; another falls off climbing wall
A Boy Scout was flown to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a tree fell on him at a Scout camp in the Uinta Mountains.
Rick Barnes, chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America's Great Salt Lake Council, said strong winds pushed a tree over on the 14-year-old Varsity Scout during the Varsity Big Event at the Hinckley Scout Ranch, about 30 miles south of Evanston, Wyo.
Barnes said the boy suffered a head contusion, broken arm and broken leg but that the injuries are not life threatening. Barnes said the boy was taken via helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
Another scout broke his wrist after falling from a climbing wall at the same camp, Barnes said. An adult who was suffering from chest pains accompanied that boy on an ambulance ride to a hospital in Evanston. Those injuries were unrelated to the falling tree.
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said the parents of the injured scouts were notified.
Emergency crews from Summit County and Wyoming's Uinta County responded to the camp just after noon on Thursday, according to Eric Quinney, the chief administrative officer for Uinta County Fire and Ambulance in Evanston, Wyo. Quinney said Summit County was the lead responder on the incident but that Uinta County was asked to help because of its proximity to the camp.
The Varsity Scout event included about 1,500 scouts and leaders.