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Injured horseback rider rescued from Maroon Creek Connector Trail

Staff report

A woman visiting the Aspen area from Mickleton, New Jersey was injured on a Maroon Bells trail as a result of being thrown from her horse, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. She was rescued and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital by a joint effort of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Rescue Aspen and Aspen Ambulance. As of Friday early evening she was considered in fair condition and expected to be released soon from medical care, according to a statement released Friday.

Mountain Rescue Aspen teams located the woman about 1:45 p.m., stabilized her, and carried her out by litter to Maroon Creek Road. From there she was transported by Aspen Ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital. Aspen Ambulance personnel also went above and beyond by trying to reach the patient for pain control prior the carry out, according to the statement. A bushwhacking shortcut to the road by Mountain Rescue made it unnecessary to initiate medication prior to Ambulance transport. The woman reached Aspen Valley hospital at about 2:50 p.m.

The injury occurred during a horse riding tour conducted by Maroon Bells Outfitters. The group was on the connector trail between the Maroon Bells trail and the East Maroon Creek trail. Witnesses reported that a rotten tree was destabilized by the rider in front of the subject and the tree fell against the neck of the subject’s horse. The horse reared and the rider was dumped to the ground.

“The Pitkin County Sheriff’s office is grateful to the committed, hardworking volunteer and professional responders at Mountain Rescue Aspen and Aspen Ambulance who do not hesitate to put others in need before themselves,” the statement said. “We are all very fortunate to have people of this caliber in our community.”


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