A 63-year-old Utah woman was injured Saturday when a giant boulder crashed into her hillside home at 3 a.m.
The woman, who was alone while her husband was out of town for the night, suffered a broken sternum and jaw and a severe gash in her leg. The homeowner estimated the rock was 12 feet long and nine feet wide.
The victim woke up just before the crash as she heard the rock tumbling down the side of the hill. Despite the shock and injuries, she was able to call 911 and get help. Photos from the scene show an entire corner of the house was demolished.
The husband believes the rock may have broken loose after a water pipe froze and burst. Water was leaking from that area. When the couple first moved into the home, the husband expressed concern about a boulder rolling down the hill and crashing into the house, but they did not believe that would actually happen.
I am saddened to hear about this woman’s injuries, and I hope that she makes a full and quick recovery. Homeowners should always try to assess the risk of potential dangers and take steps to make their homes as safe as possible.