Man airlifted from Snow Canyon State Park following longboard accident

Washington County Life Flight helicopter based at Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, Utah, April 17, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 21-year-old St. George man was flown to the hospital Sunday evening after suffering a traumatic head injury while riding his longboard in Snow Canyon State Park — an accident that may have been caught on film.

Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, emergency personnel were dispatched to Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins after a bystander called the St. George Communications Center reporting that a man riding a longboard was hit by a vehicle and injured, Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Crouse said.

Upon arrival, officers found a 21-year-old man lying in the parking lot of the Upper Galoot Picnic Area unconscious.   Intermountain Life Flight was dispatched to the park while emergency responders tended to the injured man. Once Life Flight arrived, they immediately flew the man — who remained unconscious — to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Meanwhile, officers began investigating the cause of the incident, Crouse said, and while the initial call to dispatch reported the man was hit by a vehicle, officers’ preliminary investigation determined the man wasn’t hit by a vehicle but rather injured after an accident while riding the longboard.

Crouse said when officers were questioning witnesses, a man came forward and told the deputies he was driving directly behind the man riding the longboard and filming him and, as a result, he may have captured footage of the incident or immediately prior to it.

The witness was cooperative, Crouse said, and turned the video over to officers at the scene for them to view the footage.

“It’s unusual to have video of an incident,” Crouse said, “but it’s still unknown if the footage will show the accident until officers view it.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, Ivins City Fire and Rescue, Santa Clara Fire Department and Intermountain Life Flight responded to the incident.

No update on the man’s condition or information regarding the content of the video was available at the time of this report.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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3 Comments

  • old school April 18, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Soooooo it’s legal to long board in Snow Canyon State Park???? There’s a pretty low speed limit posted to preserve the sanctity, I can’t believe such a reckless disrespectful activity would be allowed. It’s bad enough the discount season pass they conveniently came up with has turned the park into a commuter corridor, park officials need to get out there and start policing people’s stupidity

  • .... April 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Well I heard that the RealMcBoy was driving through that’s area.so this doesn’t surprise me. HAVE a nice day keyboard tough guy

  • youcandoit May 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I don’t get why do they have to raise money for medical exspenses it’s the law to have insurance. My son was in a near fatal car accident he was in comma for 20 days his face shattered head split open collar bone broke ribs and lungs punctured. They put in the paper my son died. He’s alive he has alot of medical issues. He has insurance
    I had fund raiser jars because he was life flighted by mercy med to Las Vegas I needed help to drive back and forth to Vegas then salt lake to the acute rehab facility.

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