Hiker hospitalized after hit by a boulder in NM

Posted at: 04/29/2013 5:56 PM
Updated at: 04/29/2013 7:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A woman is hospitalized in stable condition after being hit on the head by a 2-foot-long airborne boulder while hiking in east Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police say 56-year-old Judith Ludwig-Keller was struck about 6 p.m. Sunday on the foothills trailhead at Cooper Avenue.

Carol Siner says she was hiking with Ludwig-Keller, who suffered a bleeding head wound and lost consciousness.

The women had stopped their hike to rest and talk when the boulder struck Ludwig-Keller.

A passer-by administered first aid while Siner hiked back down to the parking lot to get help.

Police say they didn't find any evidence that foul play was involved and Ludwig-Keller is expected to survive.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)