Sep 29, 2010 8:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Rock slide kills Colorado hiker

A 30-year-old man has died from injuries after he was caught in a rock slide while hiking in southwestern Colorado.

San Miguel County Coroner Robert Dempsey said John Arthur Merrill of Cortez was climbing El Diente Peak in the San Juan Mountains when he was injured. Another hiker saw the accident and ran to help, but it was too late.

A helicopter flew to the site at 13,500 feet to recover Merrill's body Monday.

Dempsey says Merrill's dog survived the rock slide and was rescued from the mountain.


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