Idaho father fighting for his life in Utah hospital after dirt biking crash

Oct 19, 2021, 9:50 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 1:53 pm

PROVO, Utah — An Idaho man is fighting for his life at Utah Valley Hospital after suffering a severe brain injury during a dirt biking trip.

Tanner Chadwick, 29, and friends were riding dunes at “Silk Hill” in Caineville, near Capitol Reef National Park, when he crashed Saturday. A friend on the trip called his wife, Camille Chadwick, with the news.

“He said, ‘Yeah, Tanner had a crash. He is unconscious but he is breathing on his own,” she said.

Tanner Chadwick was airlifted to the hospital while his wife made the three-hour trip from Blackfoot, Idaho, to Provo. She said when she arrived, her husband was placed in a coma after scans revealed a deep midbrain tear.

“The torque of hitting just sheered his midbrain and (the doctor) said this is probably one of the worst places in the brain to have an injury,” Camille Chadwick said. “It’s just a waiting game. We just wait to see if the midbrain can heal itself and wake him up or if … if it doesn’t.”

Chadwick and her 2-year-old son are receiving support from the community through a GoFundMe* account set up to help with expenses. She said the response from friends and even complete strangers has been overwhelming.

“It’s just so thoughtful and I know that Tanner would feel so special and so loved if he knew that everybody was rooting for him,” she said.

Chadwick hopes the prayers continue and hopes her husband pulls through.

“He can take his time healing. He can take his time coming back but we need him to come back. His son needs his dad,” she said.

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Salt Lake Police released body camera footage of an incident with Salt Lake Police and Megan Joyce ...
Cary Schwanitz

Death of woman in Salt Lake police custody ruled a homicide, under investigation

The death of a woman restrained by four Salt Lake police officers in January is under investigation by the department’s officer involved critical incident protocol.
1 day ago
(KSL TV)...
Ladd Egan

Economists: Wage growth remains strong but can’t match inflation

The good news is that the upward pressure on wages is expected to continue for a while, the bad news is that the pay increases aren’t enough to match inflation, according to economists with Wells Fargo.
1 day ago
New mom Michelle Jackson had problems breastfeeding little Jason so she called a lactation consulta...
Ayanna Likens

Some moms struggle with breastfeeding, here are some helpful tips

August is breastfeeding awareness month, and for some mothers who want to breastfeed, it doesn’t come easy. Intermountain Healthcare shares some tips on how to help.
1 day ago
Organizers gathered enough school supplies to fill 5,000 backpacks for Utah's refugee children. (KS...
Mike Anderson

How you can help Utah’s refugee children with school supplies

Thousands of refugee children in Utah now have new backpacks filled with all the essentials for their first day of school.
1 day ago
ksl+ kindergarten 08/11/22...
Matt Rascon

KSL+: The push for full-day kindergarten in Utah

Eighty-two percent of the nation’s kindergarten children participate in full-day kindergarten.
1 day ago
(Utah Fire Info/Twitter)...
Madison Swenson

Lightning sparks wildfire near Vernal

Crews are responding to a new lightning-caused wildfire on Blue Mountain, about 20 miles east of Vernal.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Idaho father fighting for his life in Utah hospital after dirt biking crash