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Injured bike rider rescued from Franklin Mountains State Park (4:14
a.m.)

by Aileen B. Flores \ El Paso Times
Posted: 10/10/2011 04:14:52 AM MDT

An injured bike rider was rescued Sunday from the Franklin Mountains
State Park.

A man in his late 50s who was mountain biking accidentally fell and
injured his hip, said Battalion Chief Sam Pena, a spokesman for the El
Paso Fire Department.

Pena said the man had a GPS on his phone and he was able to give
rescuers his exact location. Rescue efforts initiated at about 5 p.m.,
Pena said.

"He did the right thing," Pena said. "One, he told people where he was
going to go and when to expect him back. Two, he had a cell phone and
luckily he was able to get a signal."

He was brought down the mountain by a group of 10 members of the
combined Search and Rescue Team. Fire, police and park rangers
assisted in the rescue.

The man was taken to Providence Memorial Hospital, according to fire
dispatchers. The extent of his injuries was unknown as of Sunday
night, Pena said.

Aileen B. Flores may be reached at ; 546-6362.
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