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11-year-old boy dies in accidental hanging on exercise equipment

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 4:30 p.m. MDT

An 11-year-old Eagle Mountain boy died Sunday after accidentally hanging himself on a piece of exercise equipment in his house.

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Utah County sheriff's investigators say an 11-year-old boy died Sunday after accidentally hanging himself on a piece of exercise equipment in his house.

"It was just exercise equipment. I don't know exactly what kind," said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. "There was nothing unusual about it, where it was set up or how it was set up that made it seem overtly risky, just to look at it."

Orion Gunderson, of Eagle Mountain, was taken to American Fork Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center in extremely critical condition Sunday afternoon. He died from his injuries Monday morning.

The incident happened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Orion had been playing with some exercise equipment in his house. His younger brother told their father "something wasn't right," Cannon said.

"The father came down and found him and removed him from the device and called 911. It wasn't like something tipped over and suffocated him," he said.

Cannon didn't know exactly what kind of exercise equipment was involved, but noted that ropes were involved. He said the incident appeared to be nothing more than a tragic accident.

— Pat Reavy

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