TOOELE COUNTY, UTAH (May 7, 2017) – A man was badly injured after falling almost 100 feet down a mine shaft on Sunday, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened around 2:00 am while Trent Widdop was off-roading in a UTV near Five Mile Pass. He accidentally drove into an open mine shaft, and his UTV fell almost 10 feet before becoming lodged in the opening. Trent Widdop was ejected from the seat and fell almost 80 more feet to the bottom of the shaft.
Trent Widdop’s family was able to locate him over 6 hours later at the bottom of the mine shaft, and called for help immediately. Search and Rescue was able to secure the UTV hanging over Widdop’s head before beginning a rescue effort, and extricated Trent Widdop from the mine shaft an hour and a half later.
Trent Widdop was airlifted from the scene in serious condition with head trauma, but is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. It is unknown at this time whether the mine shaft was covered or clearly marked to prevent accidents, but the investigation is ongoing at this time.
“We wish a swift and steady recovery for Trent Widdop, who was injured in this accident. Our prayers are with the Trent Widdop and his family at this time,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm.
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