BUENA VISTA - A 13-year-old girl said her father shielded her as boulders crashed down on them on a Chaffee County hiking trail - an action that authorities say probably saved her life even as her father and four other family members were killed.
Rescuers dug Gracie Johnson out of the rubble after Monday's slide, and she was airlifted to an Aurora hospital with a broken leg, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
"She told me at the last second when the boulders were coming down on top of them that he covered her up and protected her, which I believe it saved her life," said sheriff's Deputy Nick Tolsma.
Gracie's parents and sister from nearby Buena Vista were killed, as were two of her cousins from Missouri.
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