Crews respond to Section 16 trailhead after paragliding accident Saturday


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo — Colorado Springs fire crews conducting multiple rescues on the West side of Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Around 3:45 p.m. crews began working a second rescue near Section 16 of the park off Gold Camp Road.

Crews are attempting trail evacuation approximately 1 mile in.

Crews made it to the patient and released that this was a paragliding accident. That person was taken to the hospital with leg injuries.

Earlier in the day around 2:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Firefighters also rescued a hiker on Red Rock Canyon Open Space near Old Colorado City.

CSFD said this patient had minor injuries and was transported to the local hospital.

CSFD Lt. Joey Buttenwieser gave tips for safe outdoor recreation:

  • Always adventure with a buddy
  • Have a charged cell phone before you go out
  • Tell someone your plans and where you’re going
  • Don’t get in over your head — make sure you know about the activity before you do it

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