Man freed after being trapped by 700-pound boulder in Salt River basin

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 12, 2016

Firefighters had to rescue a hiker after he was pinned by a large boulder while hiking up the side of the Salt River bottom.

Phoenix firefighters said they responded to the area near where Central Avenue crosses over the river after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Crews arrived to find a man in his forties trapped by an approximately 700-pound rock. The rock had become dislodged while the man was walking up the side of the river bank and landed on his leg.

Another hiker heard the man cry for help when his dog began to behave anxiously.

Firefighters were able to provide treatment until enough were on scene to left the rock off of the man's leg.

He was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to Phoenix fire.