Garland man dies while climbing in Logan Canyon

LOGAN — A 46-year-old Garland man died Saturday morning after falling 75-feet while climbing in Logan Canyon.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said William Hornberger was helping a group of young women in a climbing activity around 9:00 a.m. They were near the area known as First Wall in the canyon. While he was climbing to the top of a hill, above the cliff to tie in anchors for the group, he slipped and fell approximately 75-feet.

The group he was with witnessed the fall and called 911 for help. Paramedics from the Logan City Fire Department and the Cache County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit were dispatched to assist. They treated Hornberger and transported him by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Peterson said investigators have determined this incident to be an unfortunate accident. Hornberger had safety gear on him including a helmet but he did not have himself tied into any anchors when the accident occurred. His body has been turned over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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