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Driver’s hunch gets cyclist help

VANCOUVER, Wash. – An observant motorist alerted authorities of a woman who had fallen down a ravine while riding her bike on a rural Clark County road.

A man was driving in the area east of Battle Ground just after 9 p.m. Thursday when he saw a damaged bicycle on the side of a road.

“He got out to investigate and heard someone calling for help,” Clark County Fire District 3 firefighter Andrew Blomdahl said. “She’s pretty lucky.”

The woman, described as a young adult, had fallen 30 feet down a ravine. Fire personnel descended the ravine and carried the woman out on a backboard. She was transported with serious injuries to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman said deputies investigated and determined that the crash was an accident and did not involve another vehicle.