WASHINGTON COUNTY — A woman was transported to the hospital via Life Flight Friday after crashing her mountain bike in rugged-terrain near Stucki Springs Trail.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., Santa Clara Fire, Ivins EMS and Washington County Search and Rescue responded to a report of a mountain biking accident out near Stucki Springs, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Cashin said.
A 44-year-old woman was biking with four other women, who set out on their bikes at Navajo, Cashin said, and then rode across Bear Claw Poppy Trail.
When the women were on a trail that cuts into Stucki Springs Trail, Cashin said, the 44-year-old woman lost control of her bike before ultimately crashing and sustaining possible shoulder or clavicle injuries.
A medic was able to get through the rugged-terrain to the woman’s location in an Off Highway Vehicle and assess the woman’s condition.
“She was awake and conscious,” Cashin said, “just in a lot of pain.”
Due to the woman’s location, it was decided to dispatch Life Flight to the scene in order to fly the woman out of the area. Life Flight responded and transported the woman to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for her injuries.
Cashin said the Search and Rescue team gets dispatched to the area along Bear Claw Poppy and Stucki Springs on rescues at least a couple times per month.
“Especially when the weather is as good as it is right now,” Cashin said. “Obviously, the more people go out, the more chance people can get hurt. There was one out here about three weeks ago almost in that same location.”
People enjoying the trails should plan ahead and be prepared with plenty of water, a few first aid items, a fully-charged cellphone and a flashlight, Cashin said.
If people get lost or stranded and it gets dark, he added, rescue crews don’t want people to use their cellphones for light but, instead, to save their battery to communicate with responders.
“What we’re asking people to do is just be careful (and) watch where they’re actually going,” Cashin said. “Sometimes you get a little distracted looking at something or talking to your friends and then there’s a rock in front of you and you’ll hit it.”
Before setting out, Cashin said visitors should think ahead: “What if I don’t make it back in time, what would I need?”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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