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Hiker flown to hospital after being hit by boulder

A man was airlifted to a Salt Lake hospital after being hit by a boulder Saturday.

The 61-year-old man was hiking through a boulder field with three other people in Thunder Bowl at the top of Bell's Canyon in the Little Cottonwood area when a boulder broke loose and rolled over his leg. The boulder caused severe lacerations and extreme pain and may have broken the leg, which prevented the man from hiking out, Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy Mark Olsen said.

Although the accident happened around 2:30 p.m., the man's hiking partners finally called 911 about 3:45 p.m. A medical helicopter flew the man to University Hospital, where he is listed in fair condition.