A hiker in Colorado has been rescued after she was trapped beneath a 1,500-pound boulder in the Rocky Mountains, according to officials.
The 30-year-old woman was unconscious when firefighters pulled the boulder off her on North Table Mountain in Jefferson County, according to West Metro Fire Rescue. She suffered multiple fractures and was in critical condition when she was found by first responders, who worked quickly to stabilize and free her, according to the Golden Colorado Fire Department.
Crews trekked on foot and used an ATV to bring pieces of a hydraulic spreader, which was used together with airbags to remove the boulder, to the scene.
Crews are now hiking on foot and with an ATV to bring pieces of a hydraulic spreader to be used with airbags to remove boulder from hiker. pic.twitter.com/FejYXfz2o8— Golden Fire (@GoldenCOFire) April 5, 2017
Several agencies assisted in the woman's rescue.
Once the boulder was removed, fire officials described the woman's vitals as "fairly good." It is unclear how she became pinned under the boulder.
Using a high angle rope system, hiker was carried up the ridge to a waiting Flight for Life helicopter. Great teamwork by several agencies. pic.twitter.com/IrgYGKWsXB— WestMetroFire (@WestMetroFire) April 5, 2017
Video from ABC Denver affiliate KMGH shows of a team of rescuers hiking up the mountain's steep terrain to bring the woman to a medical helicopter.
The hike took 45 minutes, the Golden Colorado Fire Department said. Rescuers used a rope system to bring her to the waiting chopper.
A medical helicopter is on standby at the top of N. Table Mtn., but still a 45 minute hike away so they're working on alternative ideas.— Golden Fire (@GoldenCOFire) April 5, 2017
The hiker was then airlifted to a local hospital for medical attention, fire officials said.