News and Opinion from Sisters, Oregon

Bicycle rider injured in crash

First responders came to the aid of an injured bicyclist on Sunday morning after he crashed down a 15-foot cliff. The rider said he was cut off by another bicyclist while traveling approximately 40 mph on Highway 242 outside Sisters.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District crews were dispatched to the crash victim experiencing pain secondary to the accident. On arrival, crews performed an assessment and determined the patient needed to be transported to the hospital for further treatment. Crews on scene stabilized the patient in a stokes basket, commonly used by search and rescue teams for medical rescues. With the help of other bicyclists on scene, first responders used a low-angle rope rescue system and a new progress capture device to safely lift the patient back up to the highway for transport to the hospital.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with seven personnel, one fire rescue pumper, ambulance, and command vehicle. Fire crews were assisted on scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that bicycle deaths are highest during summer months between June and September. The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District reminds bicyclists to ride responsibly, wear a proper-fitting helmet and other safety gear to protect yourself and make you more visible to other bicyclists and motorists. Additionally, all states require bicyclists to follow the same rules and responsibilities on the roadway as motorists.


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