Bicyclist falls more than 20 feet off cliff in Acadia

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 4:08 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2011, at 9:07 p.m.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A New Jersey woman was taken to a Bar Harbor Hospital for treatment of injuries she suffered Thursday when she fell more than 20 feet from a park carriage road.

After an hourlong technical rescue operation involving park rangers and Mount Desert emergency medical personnel and search and rescue volunteers, Mary-Pat Swenson, 58, of Highland Lakes, N.J., was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital for treatment of possible head and neck injuries as well as scrapes and cuts, Ranger Chris Wiebusch said late Thursday afternoon.

Further information about her medical condition was not immediately available.

The accident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to Wiebusch. Swenson was bicycling the carriage roads on the west side of Jordan Pond in an area known locally as Tumbledown when the chain on the mountain bike she was riding popped off.

As she was putting her foot down to stop, she lost her balance and she and her bike fell off the edge of the roadway, plunging a distance of about 20 feet, he said.

Before Swenson could be loaded into an awaiting ambulance, she had to be stabilized and then hoisted back up to the road in a litter that was lowered to her landing spot, Wiebusch said. He said Swenson was conscious and speaking and that her injuries were not considered life threatening.

BDN writer Bill Trotter contributed to this report.

 

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