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A 25-year old bicyclist Jessica Cantrell of Charlotte, North Carolina, was descending the west hill of Rim Rock Drive along with three other bicyclists on Saturday morning, July 3, at approximately 10:00 a.m. when she clipped the rear tire of the bicyclist riding in front of her, lost control of her bike, and crashed.
Cantrell ended up in the up hill lane near the Historic Trails Overlook. Cantrell was not wearing a helmet on her ride. She suffered multiple injuries and was initially treated on scene by one of the monument’s park rangers who is an EMT as well as by a Utah visitor who is also an EMT. Additionally, Lower Valley Fire responded to the scene and transported Cantrell to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
No motor vehicles were involved in this accident. Following the crash, the west hill of Rim Rock Drive was temporarily closed to all traffic to allow for emergency vehicle access and transport of the injured bicyclist.
Superintendent Joan Anzelmo stated “I am extremely grateful that this young woman did not suffer worse injuries when she crashed. It is strongly recommended that all bicyclists always ride with helmets and bright colored clothing when riding Rim Rock Drive in the Monument. Additionally bicyclists riding Rim Rock Drive are required to ride single file and to use bike lights when riding through the monument’s tunnels.” Ms. Cantrell was riding single file and had bike lights.
This is the first serious bicycling accident of this season which required emergency medical response on scene and ambulance transport to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Approximately 16,000 bicyclists ride Rim Rock Drive annually. Approximately 350,000 vehicles drive Rim Rock Drive each year. Respectfully sharing Historic Rim Rock Drive is of the utmost importance with the growing numbers of vehicles and bicyclists. All motorists and bicyclists are urged to stay alert and respect all users.