Hiker injured after falling on Appalachian Trail Saturday

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Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 2:04 PM EST
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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Crews responded to the Bedford County portion of the Appalachian Trail Saturday near the James River footbridge for a report of an injured hiker, according to Big Island Volunteer Fire Company.

The call came in around 10 a.m., added Rockbridge County Fire and Rescue Chief Nathan Ramsey.

The hiker had slipped on ice and fallen about 150 feet off the side of the mountain, according to Ramsey.

The hiker had been traveling with a group of other people starting their trip at the trail access in Snowden near the James River Foot Bridge.

The patient had cuts, scrapes and bruises and was showing possible signs of hypothermia, Ramsey said.

Rescue crews had to walk the patient back to the trail so a Virginia State Police helicopter could fly the man for treatment.

The call was cleared around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The responding agencies included Rockbridge Fire and Rescue, Glasgow Fire Department, Glasgow Rescue Squad, Big Island Volunteer Fire Company, Bedford County Fire and Rescue, Lynchburg Fire Department and Virginia State Police.

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