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Injured hiker located

November 30th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Local fire and EMS units, assisted by Maryland State Police Aviation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police rescued a hiker from a walking trail Friday afternoon, according to emergency service officials. 


“A male hiker was hoisted by Maryland State Police Aviation from a clearing in the Green Ridge State Forest after he became injured on a walking trail just after 1:30 p.m. Friday,” Lt. Todd Bowman, public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services said. “The hiker was transported in stable condition to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland by Trooper 3.”


The hiker became injured on a trail southwest of the Green Ridge DNR Headquarters located near M.V. Smith Road, according to Bowman. 


“With significant assistance from our skilled and experienced communication specialists, ground crews were able to speak with the hiker to try and get a better and more accurate location,” Bowman said. “Our Joint Communications Center was a huge asset today helping crews navigate, communicating between agencies, monitoring radio traffic from multiple agencies and dispatching appropriate resources.”


Maryland State Police Aviation rescue technicians made access to the victim at 4:14 p.m. and extracted him at 4:24 p.m. Flight crews continued transport to WMHS. 


“All rescuers exited the forest at just before 5:30 p.m. and command was terminated,” Bowman said. “No other injuries were reported on scene.”


Units from Flintstone and Orleans Volunteer Fire Departments, ambulances from Flintstone and Bowman’s Addition, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, Maryland State Police Aviation- Frederick and Maryland Department of Natural Resource Police responded to the incident that lasted approximately three hours.

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