A 29 year old Highland woman has been hospitalized after being trapped in her car that crashed in American Fork Canyon. Her injuries are not life threatening.
On September 10, 2015, at about 3:30 PM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a woman trapped in her car in American Fork Canyon. The woman, Heather Blackwelder, age 29, a Utah County resident, was coming down SR-92 at about mile 14.5, near the Pine Hollow Trailhead parking lot, when her car went through a guard rail and several hundred feet down the side of the mountain. The terrain in that area is very steep and is densely wooded. While her car landed with the tires down it was hidden from view by the thick trees and other vegetation. She was unable to get out of the car. Today a man and woman in the area taking pictures thought they could hear someone yelling for help. When they investigated they found the car with the badly injured woman inside. The man stayed with the crash victim while the woman went to nearby Mutual Dell to call for help. Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Lone Peak Fire Department, and LifeFlight responded. Medical personnel stabilized the victim and she was flown by LifeFlight to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. She sustained numerous injuries including possible broken bones. However, her injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The location of the crash made it very unlikely a passerby would have seen the car or heard the woman. Her chance of survival would have been very unlikely had the man and woman not been out of their car taking pictures.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO