Mountain biker seriously injured on night ride near Black Mountain

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A mountain biker was seriously injured after crashing on a night ride near Black Mountain

SAN DIEGO –A mountain biker was seriously injured Wednesday night when he crashed in a remote canyon near Black Mountain during a night ride with a friend.

The 40-year-old man apparently crashed south of state Route 56 about a mile and a half from the nearest paved road, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief David Pilkerton. The accident was reported by cell phone at about 8 p.m. by the victim’s riding buddy, Pilkerton said.

Because of the remote location of the crash in an open space, rescuers had a difficult time pinpointing where the victim was, Pilkerton said. The sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter helped locate the injured man, and his riding buddy was able to meet rescue crews in the 6900 block of Santa Fe Canyon and lead them to the injured man, Pilkerton said.

The mountain biker suffered serious injuries to his shoulder and chest and was having difficulty breathing, Pilkerton said. It took rescuers about 40 minutes to carrying him to a four-wheel-drive pickup and drive him out to a waiting ambulance, he said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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