Injured mountain biker rescued by ATV near Hartland Landfill

The city of Sault Ste. Marie is looking for feedback on its mountain biking trail expansion. May 30/2020 (Christian D'Avino/CTV Northern Ontario)

A mountain biker is believed to have suffered a serious injury on a newly manicured mountain bike trail near the Hartland Landfill Monday.

Saanich Fire and Rescue says it received a call around 4:15 p.m. for a mountain biker in distress.

Quickly, a crew of firefighters and ambulance staff launched a rescue.

A crew of seven first responders were directed where the injured biker was by other riders who saw the accident.

According to Saanich Fire, the rider was injured at the bottom of the Sofa King trail.

It’s known as an aggressive jump-and-flow trail geared towards more expert riders.

The run is found in the Capital Regional District's mountain bike trail system near Mount Work Park.

Platoon Captain Dave Elder with Saanich Fire says he’s noticing more and more rescues involving mountain bikers.

“The pandemic has caused a minor increase, but also its just a popular sport right now,” said Elder.

At 5:15 p.m., Saanich Fire and Rescue says an all-terrain vehicle with two rescue staff onboard had located the rider.

The extent of injuries is unknown, but Elder expects the rider sustained serious injuries and will be brought down the trail on a backboard.