Man seen in video pushing over rock formation in Utah park claims he has a disability and impairment

GREEN RIVER, Utah - A Utah Boy Scout leader who came under fire for pushing over a boulder in a state park filed a suit last month claiming he was suffering permanent  "disability" and "impairment" from an auto accident four years ago.

Glenn Taylor initially faced scrutiny after a YouTube  video of him pushing over rock formation  in Goblin Valley State Park in central Utah went viral.  The video was first posted on Facebook and then made its way to YouTube, where it caught the attention of park officials.

Taylor later told ABC News that he should have handled the incident differently but thought the boulder was dangerous and thought it would be safer to push it over, so it wouldn't fall on someone.

"The Boy Scouts didn’t teach me to do this," Taylor told ABC News. "Would I do it again? Yes, with a ranger standing there. That’s what we should have done."

The three men in the video can be heard laughing hysterically after the boulder is pushed off its mount.

Utah State Parks director Fred Hayes, however, said that the sandstone formations have stood there since the Jurassic era, some 165 million years ago.  He said the men in the video could face criminal charges for their actions because it is  against the law to deface state parks.

Now, Taylor is facing additional scrutiny after it was revealed that he filed a lawsuit claiming he endured "great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of life" stemming from a 2009 car accident, according to ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.

According to KTVX, Taylor said in the documents he has incurred an estimated $5,000 in medical related expenses as a result of the crash.

Alan Macdonald, who is being sued by Taylor because it was his daughter who hit Taylor’s car, told KTVX that he was "highly offended" by Taylor’s actions.

"In the video I see a big strong guy who steps up to a 2,000 pound rock and dislodges it and I just think to myself, that guy doesn't have a bad back," Macdonald said

Taylor's attorney Mark Stubbs told KUTV THAT just because his client is beginning to recover from his injured back doesn't mean he hasn't suffered from pain in the past.  He said the video is just one part of a larger case.

YouTube video:

------ contributed to this report.

Print this article Back to Top