Boy, 7, pinned beneath boulder

Parents free son, get help in Cactus Park

A 7-year-old Mesa County boy who survived being pinned under a boulder that fell on him Saturday evening near Gateway was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital by air ambulance, according to a local fire department.

The child was camping with his family in the Cactus Park area off of Colorado Highway 141 when the boulder, which parents described as “about twice his size,” fell on him, according to Lt. James Wood of the Gateway-Unaweep Volunteer Fire Department.

“(The) parents got him out from underneath the boulder and called us,” Wood said. “We arrived and he was in stable condition.”

Wood didn’t know how the boulder had fallen, and said he didn’t see the rock himself. CareFlight was called “just because of the mechanism” of the boy’s injury, Wood said.

Wood said it was “hard to tell” the extent of the boy’s injuries and said Sunday he hadn’t yet learned an update on the child’s condition.

Wood said the boy’s family is from Mesa County.


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