Teen hikers rescued from White Tank Mountains

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Two 15-year-olds had to be rescued from the White Tank Mountains Sunday after being struck by a 300- to 400-pound boulder.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies received a 911 call just after noon and rescue crews found the teens about 50 yards off the Goat Camp trail on a steep hillside.

Deputies arrived to find that a 15-year-old boy had a compound fracture to his left leg and was bleeding uncontrollably.

A 15-year-old girl had minor injuries to the right side of her body.

Medics were able to remove the teens via helicopter and take them to an area hospital. Their injuries reportedly were not life-threatening.

After investigating the incident further, deputies learned that the teens had been hiking with a group when the boulder came loose and rolled over the boy and struck the girl.