Former Baseball Pro Among Four Killed In Utah County Plane Crash
UTAH COUNTY, Utah – A former professional baseball player was among the four people who were killed when a small plane crashed in the mountains north of Alpine.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the plane crashed Friday morning in the Box Elder Peak area, near American Fork Canyon.
“It was right in the beautiful part of the morning,” said Gregg Rawlings, who was hiking to Box Elder Peak with his two sons when he saw the plane rocking back and forth.
“We could tell it wasn’t high enough to make it over the mountain range,” he said. “Moments later you heard the impact in the canyon, just crunch.”
The small aircraft spiraled to the ground out of sight and the thought came to Rawlings, “We need to do something.”
He and his sons hiked up in search of cell service and called dispatch.
“We told them what had happened but did not feel good about moving,” he said. So they hiked down to search for the crash site, knowing all along it couldn’t have ended well.
“From the moment it happened and what we were trying to decide to do, I just turned to my boys and I said, ‘you know, that’s someone’s family,’” he said. “We need to go see what we can do to help.”
Officials with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said four people were on board: Alex Ruegner, 35, and his aunt and uncle Elaine and Douglas Blackhurst, 60 and 62 ...
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