Hunter airlifted after breaking leg in fall from horse

A hunter who broke his leg after falling off his horse in Garfield County was flown to safety in a nighttime helicopter rescue this week, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says.

The sheriff’s office said dispatchers were notified about 6 p.m. Tuesday of the accident, involving a 57-year-old Fort Lupton man. It occurred near Haystack Mountain on Forest Service Road 300.

Fellow hunters splinted his leg but couldn’t get him back on his horse or transport him off the mountain, the sheriff’s office said.

St. Mary’s Hospital CareFlight in Grand Junction was put on standby around 7 p.m. while a landing site was sought, and it attempted a flight around 8:30 p.m. but turned back due to weather concerns.

When the weather broke, CareFlight returned to airlift the hunter at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and take him to St. Mary’s.


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