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Mountain biker severely injured in Groton

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Groton — On Wednesday afternoon, a mountain biker had to be transported by Life Star helicopter from the Groton Town police department after sustaining severe injuries.

A 911 call from two hikers notified police about 4:30 p.m. of a man who had been biking and could not move from where he was because of serious injuries. Police said the man had been mountain biking in the Merritt Family Forest in Groton and the accident occurred approximately 130 yards northeast of the police department.

Another mountain biker came upon the hikers and the injured man and, as police were trying to find the scene, traversed through thick brush to the police department, where he met officers and subsequently led them into the woods to respond.

Police eventually found the injured man and the hikers, who had been waiting with him and had been calling out to police to let them know where they were.

Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department, Groton Ambulance and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital paramedics also responded to the scene. It was determined that the man’s injuries were so severe, he had to be transported by helicopter. He was extracted from the wooded area and brought to the police department parking lot. Soon after he was picked up and flown by Life Star to the Hartford Medical Center.

Police declined to identify the injured individual and didn’t have further details on his condition Wednesday evening.

s.spinella@theday.com

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