Man Dies After Being Struck In Head By Object At Bridal Veil Falls
PROVO, Utah – A 23-year-old man was tragically killed at Bridal Veil Falls up Provo Canyon when a large object came over the falls and struck him in the head.
Witness Curtis Daly was taking turns with his daughter lying in a popular puddle near one of the falls at around 3 p.m. on Sunday when the incident happened.
“That’s a pretty freak accident,” said Daly.
Daly’s daughter was capturing a photo of him smiling in front of the falls when the man was taking a turn laying in the puddle.
Within seconds, what had been a fun Sunday outing turned fatal.
“Then this boulder comes straight down, (and hit) his head,” Daly said. “My daughter was there a minute-and-a-half earlier, and I was there 45 seconds previous. You kind of have to keep your mind from thinking that could have been me.”
Daly hurried back down the trail with his horrified daughter and signaled for someone to call 911.
Officials with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the man was with family members, who tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
“I can’t even imagine,” Daly said.
It was an abrupt and tragic ending to what began as a beautiful and peaceful moment in nature.
“We’re just hanging out, having a great time – and it goes from that to immediate pain and suffering,” said Daly. “It’s very surreal.”
Investigators interviewed several people at the scene. They have not confirmed whether it was a rock or log that fell on top of the victim.
The man’s identity was not released. Officials said he had planned to be in Utah from Mexico for two weeks for a family function.
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