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Boy Scouts help at scene of deadly Utah crash

NEPHI, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah Boy Scouts heading to camp helped lift an overturned SUV off a woman who later died of her injuries.

Maria Sandoval, 60, died after the crash that happened Wednesday morning in southern Utah's Juab County, Utah Highway Patrol officials said. The male driver was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, and two girls, ages 11 and 16, were also taken to the hospital.

A Ford Explorer was on Interstate 15 near Mona when the right rear tire blew and the vehicle rolled several times, troopers said. One woman had both an arm and a leg trapped under the SUV, troopers said.

A group of boys from Cedar Hills, Utah, had been heading to the Beaver High Adventure Base Scout camp when they happened upon the crash, according to a news release from Boy Scout officials.

When emergency officials arrived and told bystanders to leave, an adult with the group offered to help the trapped woman.

"I told him I had five Varsity Scouts sitting in my van less than 100 feet from site of the crash who wanted to help," said R.L. Peay, an adult leader with the Utah National Parks Council. "They told me to bring the boys over."

The five boys had recently learned how to respond to emergencies as part of their Boy Scouts activities, officials said.

"It brought tears to my eyes to see the faces of these five boys as we lifted the SUV high enough off the ground and held it long enough so the rescuer could pull her to safety," Peay said.

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wtrfrd June 27 2014 at 7:03 PM

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

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nnorthcharleston wtrfrd June 28 2014 at 12:20 AM

as long as your not gay believe in god and let the scout masters abuse you and cover it up

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oujoou June 27 2014 at 4:44 PM

Wow. That's awful. I don't know that much about death . . . but I would imagine that if I knew I were severely injured and a group of boy scouts lifted a car off my arm . . . they'd look like angels before I passed on. They shouldn't feel sad . . .those boys . . they did great. :) Car accidents. :(

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gpanfry June 27 2014 at 4:14 PM

there not boys there men,great job

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Scott gpanfry June 28 2014 at 9:09 AM

Yes if ther 18 years of age which is considered an adult. Some may have been 14 - 17. Please know what your talking about before posting. Thank's..

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allietxtch June 27 2014 at 4:16 PM

Shocked this story showed up on AOL, as a Liberal operation they hate the Boy Scouts! Must have slipped through when they weren't looking.

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wchristiansr June 27 2014 at 6:22 PM

That is exactly what Boy Scouts are taught to "Be Prepared" and there are people in this country that want to ruin the Boy Scout program

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gfrandsen wchristiansr June 28 2014 at 6:55 AM

It's true, there are people who want to ruin the boy scouts buy keeping willing leaders and boys from participating. All boys who wants to participate should be given a chance to do so. Bigotry wasn't part of the scout motto when I earned my Eagle. What's ruining the BSA is their attitude about gays.

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kathyparkes1 June 27 2014 at 5:18 PM

yes, that is what I learned as a boy scout 65 years ago.... also how to give emergency first aid to accident victims.
It is great they still are still learning to give caring help!

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I LOVE YOU JENNY June 27 2014 at 8:12 PM

Good job scouts!!!!!!!!

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cabinsmoke June 27 2014 at 6:54 PM

Congrats scouts. Tomorrow there will be articles from HP bashing your organization.

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patgdove June 27 2014 at 10:38 PM

Thats what Boy Scouts are prepared for , to help other people at all times. They have been doing it for a long time and they will still keep on doing it.
A Scout and Leader for many years My son is a Eagle Scout.

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Frederick W Reed patgdove June 28 2014 at 10:02 AM

I was in scouts 24 years hats off the scouts

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rocher54 June 27 2014 at 10:54 PM

BSA 4 ever!

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