Category: Provo Canyon

Man killed by falling debris at Bridal Veil Falls

PROVO, Utah — A man is dead after being hit by debris Sunday afternoon at Bridal Veil Falls.

The 23-year-old man visiting from Mexico was at the base of the first waterfall when something fell — a large rock or log — and hit him in the head, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

He was critically injured but died from those injuries, police said.

Initial reports were that the man fell, but after investigating police say he was more likely hit by falling debris. Investigators believe it was most likely a log.

Police also said they believe it was just a freak accident; they don’t believe anything caused the rock to fall.

The victim’s name will not be released until close members outside of the country have been notified, the sheriff’s office said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Man killed by falling boulder at Bridal Veil Falls

PROVO, Utah — A man is dead after being hit by a boulder Sunday afternoon at Bridal Veil Falls.

The man was at the base of the first waterfall when the rock fell, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The falls are about 600 feet tall.

He was critically injured but died from those injuries, police said.

Police also said they believe it was just a freak accident; they don’t believe anything caused the rock to fall.

The victim’s name has not been released.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Provo Canyon blocked after 4-car accident

PROVO, Utah — Northbound US 189 traffic heading into Provo Canyon was at a standstill Saturday afternoon after an accident near Canyon View Park.

Provo Police recommended using other routes until further notice. Southbound lanes were also blocked off with vehicles trickling through.

A single vehicle rolled on the highway, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jacob Cox. No serious injuries were reported.

Utah Department of Transportation expects the scene to be cleared by 4:30 p.m.

Fox 13 will update this story as more information becomes available.

Police: 4-car crash in Provo Canyon after driver falls asleep at the wheel

PROVO, Utah – A 4-car accident occurred Saturday afternoon after police said the driver of one of the vehicle’s fell asleep at the wheel.

The Utah Highway Patrol said the accident happened at approximately 3:15 p.m. on SR-189 near milepost 10 in Provo Canyon.

Troopers reported a white pickup truck was heading westbound on SR-189 when the driver fell asleep and failed to turn at a curve in the road.

According to a press release issued by the Utah Highway Patrol, the pickup drifted across the center line and into oncoming traffic, striking a gold Toyota.

The driver of the pickup woke up and swerved to the right where it struck a black Honda. The pickup driver then swerved to the left, also hitting a brown dodge that overturned, according to the release.

The press release states the pickup continued to hit and guardrail and drove across eastbound lanes before striking a concrete barrier.

Troopers said the occupants of the white pickup truck, gold Toyota, black Honda and brown Dodge all had minor injuries.

The eastbound lanes of SR-189 were closed while emergency crews cleared the scene.

Troopers said it does not appear any of the drivers were impaired, but the crash showed how dangerous drowsy driving can be.

Provo Canyon blocked due to rollover

PROVO, Utah — Northbound US 189 traffic heading into Provo Canyon was at a standstill Saturday afternoon after an accident near Canyon View Park.

Provo Police recommended using other routes until further notice. Southbound lanes were also blocked off with vehicles trickling through.

A single vehicle rolled on the highway, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jacob Cox. No serious injuries were reported.

Utah Department of Transportation expects the scene to be cleared by 4:30 p.m.

Fox 13 will update this story as more information becomes available.

‘Haunted house’ burned in Provo Canyon

PROVO CANYON, Utah — An abandoned home near South Fork Road in Provo Canyon burned overnight Saturday.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. Sunday, fire crews responded to a report of a fire at an abandoned home on Shady Side Drive near South Fork Road in Provo Canyon, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Department.

When North Fork Fire Department and Utah County Fire Marshall’s Office personnel arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames, Cannon wrote in a press release.

The home — which Cannon said is sometimes referred to as “The South Fork Haunted House” — has reportedly been abandoned for many years. Police have responded to reports of trespassers on the property in the past, Cannon said.

The cause of the fire — and whether anyone was inside — is unknown, and police say the investigation may take several days. Investigators will search the remains for evidence, including surveillance cameras in the area that were burned, the release said.

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Provo Canyon trail vandalized with obscene pictures and words

PROVO, Utah — The Utah County Sheriff’s Office wants to know who vandalized a popular hiking area in Provo Canyon, littering it with spray painted words and pictures considered obscene.

It’s just off of the Provo River Parkway and up the Upper Falls trail, which is northeast of Bridal Veil Falls.

Hikers Vivian Yeap and Amy Cen immediately noticed the graffiti when they began their trek to the falls Friday evening.

They both traveled from New York City to experience the beauty of Utah, but what they found belonged more in Subway tunnels than on a trail.

“At first, I thought it was just trail markings,” Yeap said. Then she took a closer look and realized some of the graffiti depicted male body parts. The graffiti also included curse words and derogatory terms.

The two pointed out the markings as they hiked.

There wasn’t a spot on the trail where they couldn’t see at least one rock, tree, branch or bush with bright pink and purple spray paint on it.

“This is a nature preserve area, and to see people vandalize it is a little sad for me,” Yeap said.

Sad, and criminal.

But the Utah County Sheriff’s Office didn’t even know the graffiti existed because they said no one called it in. Someone posted pictures of the graffiti on social media, but Sgt. Spencer Cannon said no report was filed.

“A lot of people look at this kind of stuff here and say, ‘It’s harmless,'” Cannon said. “It’s not harmless.”

He encouraged anyone who comes across graffiti while hiking to call and report it, so it can be investigated and cleaned up.

Sgt. Cannon took pictures of the graffiti and documented it on Friday. The sheriff’s office will open a case, and try to catch the vandals.

“I’m going to take some of the pictures that I got, and turn them over to our gang specialists,” Cannon said. The gang specialists might be able to identify the tagging, he indicated.

To clean the graffiti up, Cannon said a team will come out and paint over the rocks. For the branches, bushes and trees, there’s not much they can do. He said some of the bushes and branches might need to be cut down.

Even with the hike marred by male genitalia and questionable words, Amy and Vivian were still impressed when they reached the top of Upper Falls.

They looked up at the waterfall, and out at the view of Provo Canyon.

“It’s quite pretty,” Vivian said. “It was worth the hike.”

Teen saved from Bridal Veil Falls after fall

PROVO CANYON, Utah — Utah County Search and Rescue came to the aid of a teen who slipped and fell near Bridal Veil Falls Wednesday.

According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the 17-year-old boy was hiking with a group of friends.

The group strayed from the trail before the boy slipped and fell about six feet and hit his head.

“My friend kind of veered a little to the left and then tried to come back right and lost his footing,” said Kesil Vega, who witnessed the accident.  “Smacked his head on the rock.”

A medical helicopter was able to get the teen down from the mountain.  He was later taken to the hospital by ambulance with a head injury.

Cannon said the boy is fortunate he didn’t suffer more serious injuries. He is expected to recover.

Cannon also said the teens did not have the proper equipment to navigate the steep and rough terrain off the trail.

“The safety message is don’t engage in activities that take you beyond your ability,” Cannon said. “If you are not trained or experienced in doing this kind of hiking or climbing, stay away from it.”

The teen was able to grab a rope that first responders believe prevented him from suffering a larger fall.