Female hiker rescued after being trapped under 1,500-pound boulder

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Emergency crews rescued a 30-year-old woman who was trapped under a 1,500-pound boulder while hiking on North Table Mountain on Wednesday afternoon.

The Golden Fire Department and multiple other agencies responded to help the woman.

The woman was hiking with a friend and looking for a place along the trail to do some rocking when they heard a crack and the boulder came down.

The friend ran to get help and found two paramedics from the Littleton Fire Department who were out for a hike, officials said. Another hiker who was nearby ran downhill to call 911.

Crews hiked in, and used an ATV to bring pieces of a hydraulic spreader and special air bags to remove boulder, officials said. First responders got the boulder off the woman about 2:45 p.m.

Once the woman was freed, crews transported her on a stretcher to a medical helicopter. Firefighters got the woman to the helicopter about 3:15 p.m. and it took off about 10 minutes later.

Officials said the woman, who is from Europe and was in Colorado for a conference, was unconscious, but her vitals were "fairly good."

Experts said the warming temperatures, and all of the moisture from the rain and snow of the past couple of weeks can create dangers along the rocks and hillsides.

"When the soil is really soft like this, it is possible rocks get looser than normal, but really something like could happen anytime, anywhere," Golden Fire Department spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said.

“I don’t think  this is a situation where people need to start panicking, that if they going hiking, something like this would happen. This is very rare. Something like this is an unfortunate thing. But at any time where there is a mountain, rocks can come down."

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