Mom hurt in Monument crevice fall

Grand Junction firefighters wheel a woman along the Devil’s Kitchen Trail in the Colorado National Monument after she fell into an small crevice. Rescuers pulled the woman out after she fell more than 20 feet.

A 37-year-old Grand Junction woman was rescued Saturday from Colorado National Monument after she fell into a crevice while hiking with her son and a friend, according to a park ranger and witnesses.

The Grand Junction Fire Department was called to the Devils Kitchen Trail around 2 p.m.
National Park Service Ranger Frank Hayde said the son tossed his jacket across a roughly 18-inch-wide crevice, then jumped across the crevice to retrieve his jacket. When he did so, he began to slip.

His mother reached out for him and fell 15 to 20 feet down into the crevice, Hayde said. The son either fell into the crevice, as well, or was inadvertently pulled in by his mother, witnesses said.

The mother might have fractured her right ankle and suffered a laceration below her right eye.

The son sustained some bruises but was otherwise OK.

Hayde said nine members of a Fire Department rescue team strapped the woman into a litter and wheeled her out into the Devils Kitchen parking lot. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Hayde said the group was hiking in rugged terrain and may have been in an area beyond their experience level.


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