Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.
September 4, 2008
An Onalaska-area bicyclist suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning when he crashed after getting separated from a group of riders.
The 59 year-old victim was flown to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center about an hour after he was found in a rock quarry, according to the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department.
Other riders found the victim just after 7:30 a.m. Because of the lay of the land, he could not be seen by passing motorists, according to sheriff's reports.
Onalaska first responders, Onalaska firefighters, paramedics with Tri-State Ambulance and sheriff's deputies spent at least 15 minutes moving him out of the rocks and to the road, where a MedLink helicopter was waiting to transport him, according to a Tri-State official.
The victim's family requested that his condition not be released, a Gundersen spokesman said.
According to the sheriff's department, he was riding with friends when he went on a side road with the understanding he would eventually meet up with the other riders at the Onalaska YMCA.
The other riders arrived at the rendezvous point, but when he didn�t arrive they set out to find him.