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A 26-year-old man was airlifted by helicopter to Mission Hospital after crashing his bike on a dirt trail about 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in San Clemente just south of Calle Extremo and Avenida Fabricante.
The man was going over jumps when his bike seat fell off in mid-air and the bar holding his seat impaled him 3 to 4 inches into his abdomen, according to an Orange County Fire Authority press release.
“Fortunately, he was with friends and they flagged down a nearby animal control officer who immediately called 911,” the release stated.
Paramedics and firefighters who responded had to move the man away from powerlines in order for the helicopter to land safely.
The man suffered serious injuries and internal bleeding from the incident but is expected to survive.