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Trucker rescued within inch of death

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Frederick McCormick literally came within an inch of his life Wednesday.

The Bountiful man was laying gravel from an 18-wheel dump truck on a narrow dirt road owned by Kennecott in the Oquirrh Mountains. While attempting to make a sharp turn, the truck tipped onto its side and slid to the edge of a 350-foot cliff.Another inch and the truck would have fallen off the cliff, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Haggin.

"He's a lucky, lucky man," Haggin said.

The impact of the turnover gave McCormick back and neck injuries.

Paramedics transported McCormick by helicopter to LDS Hospital, where he was in satisfactory condition Thursday. It took more than two hours for rescue crews to saw through the truck's smashed cab. Police chained the truck to another truck to prevent it from teetering over the cliff while they rescued McCormick.

McCormick, 55, is an employee of Geodyne Transport Inc., a Salt Lake City-based gravel distributor. McCormick was putting gravel on a road that leads to the KSL broadcast antennas on top of the Oquirrh Mountains.

Police used a wrecker to get the truck off the mountain.