A Southern California BMX rider is recovering after being impaled in a freak accident over the weekend when the seat of his bike somehow became detached in midair.
According to reports by the Orange County Register and KABC, an unidentified 26-year-old male BMX rider was riding in his hometown of San Clemente around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday when the scary scene unfolded.
The seat of his bike came off while he was hitting a series of jumps, and upon landing without his seat, the support bar to the bike impaled him in his stomach, digging three to four inches into his abdomen.
The accident caused severe injuries to the rider’s stomach as well as internal bleeding, making it necessary for him to be airlifted to a local hospital.
Firefighters moved the victim a short distance away from where he crashed to make a helicopter rescue possible. The BMX rider was then airlifted by Orange County Fire Authority members to Mission Hospital in the nearby town of Mission Viejo.
“OCFA’s helicopter flew in, lowered one of our flight paramedics and a stokes basket down and the patient was packaged in the stokes basket and then him and the flight paramedic were hoisted into the helicopter,” Captain Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority told the Orange County Register.
Despite the extent of his injuries, rescue officials say the man is expected to survive, and that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
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