USU student dies on Old Main Hill

Grove of trees on the south-west side of Old Main Hill.  

<strong>LOGAN —</strong> A 24-year-old USU student died Monday night in a bicycle accident, on Old Main Hill. Tim Vitale, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at USU, said the student was riding his bike down the hill, when he hit a “slackline” that had been set up between some trees, near the south-west part of the hill.

The slackline, similar to a tightrope, had been set up by a group of individuals, according to a press release from USU Emergency Management.

Vitale said it appeared the student turned off the sidewalk, rode through the small grove of trees and didn’t see the line that had been set up.

The accident occurred at 4:58 p.m. Officers from Logan City and Utah Highway Patrol responded to the accident and found the bicyclist. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Vitale said the student was from West Jordan. His name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Slacklining is a outdoor hobby where people try balancing on nylon or polyester webbing, anchored between two points.

Vitale said there is no school policy against setting up slacklines on campus. “There was no violation of school policy. It appears this was a tragic accident at this point.”

Police are continuing to investigate. USU will also conduct it’s own investigation.

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