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Aug 18, 2012 1:41 PM by Lacey Steele

New Mexico man rescued on the Colorado Trail

A New Mexico man was rescued late Friday after a fall while mountain biking on the Colorado Trail northwest of Durango.

Jim Chavez, 54, was riding on the Colorado Trail, south of Kennebec Pass when he fell off the trail and sustained a significant leg injury.

Another man who was riding with him rode farther down the trail and through a hail storm to reach a point where he was able to call 911 on his cell phone.

Chavez was not prepared for the poor weather conditions that developed during the afternoon.

Others who were hiking on the Colorado Trail stopped to offer aid.

They set up a tent and moved Chavez into it to protect him from area thunderstorms that produced heavy rain that eroded portions of USFS Junction Creek Road.

About five hours later, eleven members of La Plata County Search & Rescue and Durango Fire & Rescue Authority reached Chavez.

He was treated at the scene and placed on a stretcher.

It took about 3 hours for the rescuers to carry him to an ambulance at the Junction Creek Trailhead.

Chavez was transported to a hospital in Durango.

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