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Boy Scouts remove 2 men who toppled ancient rock

SALT LAKE CITY (WBFF) -- One of the men infamously nicknamed the "Goblin Toppler," is facing even more questions.

Video surfaced of three men, Glenn Taylor, his son Dylan and Dave Hall, pushing over a goblin sandstone rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park.

Taylor, the man who is seen actually shoving the rock to the ground, had filed a personal injury lawsuit against a woman and her father for injuries he says he suffered in a 2009 car crash. Taylor filed the lawsuit at the beginning of September saying that after that accident he injured his back and had to "endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life." Taylor also says in the lawsuit that the accident was "debilitating."

Alan Macdonald says he was surprised when he saw the lawsuit come across his desk. He says his daughter rear-ended several cars during that accident, Taylor, he says, was one of them. Macdonald says no one went to the hospital after the crash.

He says after watching the video that has taken off across the Internet, he thinks Taylor doesn't look debilitated at all, "he's climbing over other rocks," says Macdonald, after watching the tape, "then he lines up, gets leverage and pushes that big old rock several times before he finally pushes it over," Macdonald continues, "then he turns and twists and high fives and yucks it up and flexes his muscles he just doesn't look like a terribly disabled person to me."

Taylor's attorney Mark Stubbs says just because his client is beginning to recover from his injured back doesn't mean he hasn't suffered from pain in the past, and he says Taylor's medical bills in the wake of the accident could continue for years. He does admit however that the tape may not play well if the case was to go before a jury trial, but adds it is only one piece of a larger case.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two Utah men have been stripped of their positions as Boy Scout leaders after they posted a video of themselves purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park.
   
A northern Utah Boy Scouts council announced Monday that the men involved in the Oct. 11 event at Goblin Valley State Park have been removed from their posts. The news release doesn't name the men, but Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall have taken responsibility for what happened.
   
They say the rock formation was loose and they feared it was dangerous. They were leading a group of teenage Boy Scouts on a trip when it happened.
   
The Boy Scouts of America condemned the men's actions last week, and said action could be taken after a review of the incident.

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