Roanoke County first responders combat steep terrain to rescue injured hiker

Roanoke Valley News
(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

(Photo: Courtesy Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More than a dozen Roanoke County first responders spent several hours on Sunday battling steep terrain to rescue an injured hiker from the top of a trail.

According to Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, units from Catawba, Masons Cove, the technical rescue team, and Battalion 1 responded to a call at 4 p.m. about an injured hiker at the top of Dragons Tooth Trail at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17.

However, because of the steep terrain and the hiker’s location along the trail, the department says the rescue operation needed 17 personnel, all terrain vehicles, and approximately three and a half hours to be completed.

Fire officials say the hiker was brought to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but there is no word on the circumstances that led to the hiker being injured.

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