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10-Year Old Boy Injured During Fall From Hiking Trail at Silver Falls State Park

January 20, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

A 10-year old boy was injured Sunday afternoon when he fell from a trail near South Falls while hiking with his father at Silver Falls State Park in Marion County.

Updated information indicates on January 19, 2014 at 3:44 p.m., OSP was notified that emergency responders were enroute to Silver Falls State Park regarding a report that a juvenile age male fell while hiking. The boy was hiking behind his father on a trail near South Falls when he stopped to take a break. The boy leaned against a railing when it gave way and he fell approximately 40 feet down the hill landing in a shallow area of water.

The boy's father went down to his injured son and carried him across the creek where they waited for emergency responders. Personnel from Sublimity Fire District and Woodburn Ambulance arrived on scene and the boy was transported by ATV out of the hiking area to an ambulance.

The boy is identified as WILSON PELOT, age 10, from Portland. He is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University in Intensive Care Unit. His injuries appear non-life threatening. The boy's father extended his gratitude to Oregon State Parks staff at Silver Falls State Park and emergency responders for the care provide following his son's fall.

No photographs or other information available for release from OSP. Questions regarding hiking at Silver Falls State Park should be directed to Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department.


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