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ST. GEORGE — A dirt bike rider was critically injured Saturday night after he crashed while riding in a remote area of Apple Valley.
At 9:30 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash east of Smithsonian Way involving a 40-year-old man. Responders arrived to find the man unconscious and unresponsive.
Crews initiated critical care treatment while an Intermountain Life Flight crew launched from a helipad in St. George, Hildale/Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said, noting that the helicopter was dispatched due to the remoteness of the area and seriousness of the injuries.
The area was very dark, Barlow said, and flashlights were the only light source available as the rider was loaded onto a Stokes basket and carried to an awaiting ambulance. Emergency personnel continued lifesaving treatment just as the helicopter touched down at the Chevron gas station on state Route 59.
Since the rider was receiving emergency care that could not be sustained during flight, Barlow said two of the helicopter crew members joined the ambulance personnel while the patient was transported by ground to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
“In some instances, the care being given is not possible during flight, so the crew will ride in the ambulance to provide that care,” Barlow said.
Barlow said the rider was in “extremely critical condition.”