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Dirt biker airlifted from backcountry after K-Country crash

A woman in her 40s was transported to hospital after a dirt bike crash in Kananaskis on Thursday (Aug. 22).
Alpine Helicopters Inc. in action. RMO FILE PHOTO

KANANASKIS COUNTRY – A woman in her 40s was transported to Foothills Medical Centre after a dirt bike crash in McLean Creek on Thursday (Aug. 22).

The 45-year-old woman was riding in the McLean Creek off-highway vehicle (OHV) zone, 22 kilometres south of Bragg Creek off Highway 66, when she suffered "traumatic injuries" as a result of a dirt bike crash, Jess Sinclair, minister of Environment and Park said.

The woman was slung out from the backcountry with the assistance of Alpine Helicopters Inc. and Kananaskis Country Public Safety, around 4 p.m. where she was then transferred to ground EMS and sent to Foothills hospital in Calgary.

An Alberta Health Services (AHS) EMS spokesperson said the woman suffered "very minor injuries."

Established in the 1970s as an area for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, dirtbikes are permitted in the McLean Creek trail under the Public Use Zone from May 1 to Nov. 30. Snowmobiling is also permitted from Jan. 1 to March 31.



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