A mountain biker riding on a dirt trail along the edge of Dry Creek in Modesto on Tuesday veered off the path and dropped about 20 feet off a steep embankment into the water below.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m., in Kewin Park on the south side of the creek near the La Loma Avenue bridge.
Firefighters were on scene minutes after the accident and pulled the man from an entanglement of tree branches, other vegetation and water. It took rescuers about 40 minutes to get him to an ambulance after they first reached him, stabilized him on a board and used a rope-and-ladder system to hoist him up.
Randy Anderson, battalion chief for the Modesto Fire Department, said it appeared the man broke his leg.
A friend who was riding with him said the man struck his head on a tree before going off the path, although Anderson said he was told the bicyclist hit a bump on the trail that runs along the creek.
Anderson said there’s been a handful of similar accidents along the creek in the last year.