Biker rescued from popular trail

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— An Ohio man was rescued from the Spring Creek Trail on Sunday afternoon after he sustained an upper leg fracture in a fall from his mountain bike.

Members of Routt County Search and Rescue used an all-terrain vehicle to bring Jay Free, 56, of Springfield, Ohio, the final four miles down the Spring Creek Trail from Dry Lake Campground.

Jamie Neault of search and rescue said Free suffered a "right femural neck fracture."

The injury should not be confused with a broken neck.

Free broke the uppermost part of his femur where the "ball" of the bone fits into the socket of the hip joint, Neault said.

Neault said Free was riding down the trail from Dry Lake with a companion when he fell from his bike.

The companion was able to borrow a cellular telephone from a passing hiker to call for help.

Paramedic Mike Hirshman, along with Neault and Tom Scillacci, both emergency medical technicians, were the first rescuers on the scene.

After arriving on foot, Neault said he and Scillacci helped Hirshman give Free pain medication through an intravenous injection.

Free's injury was then stabilized with a vacuum splint and he was secured in a Stokes basket, a type of litter, before being loaded onto an all-terrain vehicle.

Other rescuers responding to the scene included Mark Steur, John McArthur, Sandy Phillips, Neil O'Keefe, Leland Miller and Leon Shupp.

A spokesperson for Yampa Valley Medical Center said Monday that Free was in good condition after undergoing surgery by Dr. Michael Sisk.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210 or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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