A rider injured in a fall, according to the marshal’s deputy
A Classic Air Medical helicopter rescued a rider on a snowy trail northeast of Mancos early Wednesday evening after the horse allegedly fell on top of the rider.
According to Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin, the rider, identified only as a male, was bleeding profusely after a stick impaled his leg during the fall.
He was riding in an area north of Mancos near the Gold Run Trail, north of the Jersey Jim Lookout Tower, Deputy Mike Morris of Mancos Marshal’s Office said. The trail begins at Forest Service Road 561 – West Mancos Road – at approximately 10,600 feet elevation. It ends at Forest Trail 607, or Bear Creek Trail, on Burro Mountain.
Officers from the Mancos Marshal’s Office and the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene after being alerted to the crash shortly after 4 p.m. By 5 p.m., Morris said, the helicopter picked up the passenger and officers turned back.
It is not known how the injury occurred. About 5 inches of snow was on the ground, according to a dispatcher.