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Hiker pinned underneath boulder at Camelback Mountain

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 01:23:56-04

PHOENIX — A man is being treated at a hospital after getting pinned underneath a 300 pound boulder at Camelback Mountain.

The Phoenix Fire Department was called to the Cholla Trail side of the mountain sometime after 10:00 a.m. for a mountain rescue.

We're told a technical rescue team was called out after a man was located pinned underneath a boulder.

Officials say he was making his way down the trail when he stepped to the side to let other hikers pass. At that time, he leaned on the boulder to stabilize himself and it then rolled on top of him, pinning him.

Rescuers freed him around 12:00 p.m. and he was airlifted by a medical helicopter and taken to a trauma hospital.

Phoenix Fire officials say he suffered extensive lower leg injuries.

The hiker was reportedly visiting from out of town. His exact age is unknown.

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department closed Camelback Mountain during the investigation.