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A critically injured bicyclist trapped on a trail in the Orcutt hills was rescued Monday afternoon by Santa Barbara County Fire crews.

Responding to East Rice Ranch Road at approximately 1:19 p.m., County Fire and crews from American Medical Response had to hike into the hills to reach the injured cyclist. Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said the 41-year-old man suffered major injuries after falling from his bike while mountain biking.

Emergency radio traffic during the call for service suggested the biker sustained a spinal injury and was sensitive to movement.

Crews originally requested a closure of Rice Ranch Road near Orcutt Road to create a landing zone, but CALSTAR was able to land in a clearing at the base of the hill. The biker was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for further treatment.

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Reach reporter Mathew Burciaga at 805-739-2205 or mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @mathewburciaga

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