LOGAN -- A 24-year-old Utah State University student died after hitting a nylon web stretched between trees on campus on his bicycle, the campus police chief said Tuesday.
Eric Scott Anderson was riding a bicycle at 5 p.m. Monday when he ran into the "slack line" suspended about chest high, Chief Steve Mecham said.
The tightrope hit Anderson in the neck or head, witnesses told the Herald Journal of Logan. He apparently turned off a sidewalk, rode through a grassy area between trees and didn't see the line, Utah State spokesman Tim Vitale told Utah news outlets.
He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital, where he died, police said.
Anderson, from the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan, was a music major and member of the school's marching band, Mecham told The Associated Press.
"We haven't completed the investigation yet, but at this point there's no sign of any criminal liability," he said.
Climbers use slack lines to practice their balance. Mecham said two slack lines were set up in grassy areas between trees on campus. Anderson's encounter with one of the lines occurred just hours after most students were finishing classes on the first day of the fall semester.