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14-year-old girl rescued after falling in rugged area near Carter Lake

BASALT, Colorado ” A search and rescue team carried a 14-year-old girl with neck injuries down a steep and rocky hiking trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness near Carter Lake late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

The girl was carried by stretcher on the difficult two-and-a-half mile hike on the trail connecting Henderson Park and Frying Pan Road. At around 2 a.m., rescue crews made it to the bottom, and the injured girl was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital by Pitkin County Ambulance.

The girl was treated and released Friday. Overall, the rescue mission lasted around 12 hours, said Dan Smith with the Vail Mountain Rescue Group.



The girl has been hiking with around 10 people in a church group since Saturday.

She took a bad fall near the bottom of a broken rock field and complained of severe neck pain and a sprained ankle, Smith said.



An adult in the group made a 911 call by satellite phone for help at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.


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