10-year-old girl transported to hospital after cable snaps during mud bogging event

A 10-year old girl was injured and transported to the hospital after a cable snapped at a Mud Bogging event in Colorado City, Arizona, July 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Joan Dineen, St. George News

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the account of one of the event organizers and additional witness statements.

ST. GEORGE — A 10-year-old girl was seriously injured after being struck by a tow cable that snapped during a Mud Bogging event Saturday in Colorado City, Arizona. The child was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

A mud channel where trucks were being pulled at a Mud Bogging event when a 10-year-old girl was injured after a cable snapped, Colorado City, Arizona, July 23, 2016 | Photos courtesy of Joan Dineen, St. George News
Trucks attempting to make it through mud channel  at a Mud Bogging event when a 10-year-old girl was injured after a cable snapped, Colorado City, Arizona, July 23, 2016 | Photos courtesy of Joan Dineen, St. George News

Just after 3:30 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 590 Mohave Ave. in Colorado City where they found a 10-year-old girl injured during the Mud Bogging event — similar to what many refer to as the “truck pulls,” Hildale-Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said.

Responders arrived within minutes, Barlow said, and immediately transported the child to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for her injuries.

The event involved participants driving their trucks through a mud trench several feet deep, attempting to make it to the other side without their vehicles becoming stuck in the mud.

To assist vehicles that might get stuck, a large tractor was fitted with a towing cable attached to the rear of the vehicles to pull them out of the mud if necessary.

A tractor was pulling a truck from the mud when a cable snapped and injured a 10-year-old girl at a Mud Bogging event held at 590 Mohave Avenue, Colorado City, Arizona, July 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Joan Dineen, St. George News
A cable snapped during a Mud Bogging event and injured a young girl, 590 Mohave Avenue, Colorado City, Arizona, July 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Joan Dineen, St. George News

According to witnesses, as the first truck went through, the cable snapped and whipped around, hitting the girl right under her chin with enough force to knock her to the ground. [see Update]

One witness reported the little girl sustained injuries to her neck and stomach area, in addition to an injury to her nose as the impact threw her to the ground.

Emergency personnel responded within minutes, Barlow said, adding that, generally, emergency personnel are on standby at these types of of events for safety reasons and in case there is an emergency. However, that was not the case on Saturday, he said.

No other injuries were reported, Barlow said. An update on the child’s condition was not immediately available as this report is published.

Hildale-Colorado City Fire Department and Colorado City-Hildale Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.

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

St. George News Reporter Julie Applegate contributed to this report.

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the cable was attached to the vehicle and tractor after several of the vehicles got stuck in the mud. Additionally, one of the organizers of both the tractor pull and mud bogging events, Richard Fischer, contacted St. George News Monday to say that while a girl was struck by a cable during the event, the cable didn’t actually snap but rather struck her when it went taut, something which Fischer said was a mistake on their part.

“The cable was attached to the tractor we were using to pull it out,” Fischer said. “The cable did not get disconnected. … The cable didn’t break. It was looped up on the far end and should’ve been disconnected from the tractor. It was negligence on our end. We didn’t make sure it was disconnected before that truck took off. It was like our second or third vehicle that was going into the pit. … We’ve addressed that situation, and there won’t be anything like that happening again.”

Fischer said the girl is actually his niece.

“If anybody felt bad, it was me,” he said. “She is my sister’s little girl.”

However, Fischer said she shouldn’t have been in the area where she was struck.

“We had the area taped off with caution tape for safety of the viewers and spectators,” Fischer said. “Somehow she ran under the line and was on the wrong side of the caution tape when that guy took off. We’ve addressed it with our guys that we had working with us. We’re making changes for the next event to make sure that something like this can never happen again.”

Fischer also said that he and his brother, Rusty Stubbs, called for “paramedic support” of both the truck pull and mud bogging events in advance but that no one showed up until someone was injured.

As of Monday, the girl is in healthy condition. Fischer said she was actually hit in the abdomen and one arm, and she only has bruises as a result of incident.

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  • ladybugavenger July 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Just curious if she is FLDS because they do teach that outsiders are the enemy and yet when tragedy happens the outsiders are who they call upon for help. Hope she recovers well.

    • smiles July 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      This was not an event by FLDS……….this was an event to bring the community and “outsiders” together in an attempt to help form new relationships. The EMT were asked to attend and chose not to be there. The little girl is fine, happy and home with her family!

      • ladybugavenger July 26, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Good to hear she is fine. And news stories, you can’t believe the news these days. Just ask Bob, it’s ran by ZOG’s. Thanks for y’all adding to the story.

  • paul July 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    There they go again just doing what they want too somebody needs to supervise them

  • Bob July 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    i hate when this happens to kids, hope it will be recoverable

  • Don Bagley July 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Mud bogging sounds like something bad, like street flooding combined with drainpipe clogging.

    • smiles July 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Not quit, it’s actually a pretty fun event.

  • Richard July 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The little girl is 100% ok
    Shell was released from the hospital that night with a few bruises and scratches. She had crossed the saftey line put up, and was in the wrong area. This was a very unfortunate accident. We have addressed the staff and will be training very specifically for the next event.
    The cable never snapped, it got hung up on the tractor used to pull the trucks out.
    This event was NOT put on by the FLDS.
    The FLDS officer has made a bunch of this up. We called a month in advance for paramedics to be part of this event, and also both days of the event. They refused to be there. They also turned off the water to try and discourage this event. We had to haul water from the neighboring town of Centennial Park. This event has two parts, sled pulls which were on Friday and then Mud boggs which was on Saturday.
    There will be another event coming in October 2016. Please come and be part of it.

    • Paul Dail July 26, 2016 at 9:05 am


      Thank you for your comment and also for contacting us directly so we could include your comments in our update.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

    • .... July 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      You can count on me being there again. we all had a good time.. I would like to say thanks to you and your family for putting this together. I talked my boss into showing up and he had a blast. …thanks again

  • smiles July 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    This is a horribly misleading and untrue report. I was there, my family sponsored this event. The EMT were informed of this event 30 days prior, then a week later and also the night before. They decided NOT to be present during the event. The young girl was never struck in the face, she gratefully came out of it with a bruised arm. She was in a restricted area, and the said cable never SNAPPED.
    Talk about horrible reporting, I have loss faith in this companies ability to report fully and truthfully.

    • Paul Dail July 26, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Smiles, thank you for your comment. Our original article was based on a witness statement and statements from law enforcement. That is typically how accident reports are handled if one of our reporters was not able to be on scene at the time of the incident; however, when someone approaches us with new or conflicting information, we consider the information and decide if the article should be corrected or updated. In this case, the article has since been updated with additional statements, including that one of one of the event organizers.

      Thanks again.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

      • RealMcCoy July 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        Now that you have proof that the FLDS law enforcement is on record for lying….what will you do with this proof?
        Seems that it would be relevant that if an FLDS ‘officer’ would lie about something as non-criminal as this event, that any statements of a police matter should be questioned as well now.

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