A Dracut woman was rescued by emergency crews after she fell while hiking on the Carter Moriah Trail in the White Mountains Saturday, May 18 authorities say.
Diane Regan, 51, was injured after she slipped and fell on wet rocks approximately three miles from the trailhead at around 1:45 p.m., according to a statement from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Regan said she heard a snap and was unable to put weight on her leg after the fall. Following an attempt to walk back to the trailhead, “she realized she could go no further,” authorities said.
The Carter Moriah Trail is on the eastern side of Pinkham Notch, in the vicinity of the Mount Washington Auto Road on Route 16 south of Gorham.
Conservation officers responded to the trailhead after another hiker contacted 911. The Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue team was also contacted during the rescue effort.
While the rescue coordination was taking place at the trailhead, a Lakes Region Search and Rescue team member, hiking the same trail on his own time, came upon Regan, authorities said.
“Without hesitation, this team member and another hiker helped Regan down the trail, approximately one mile, to make the rescue effort easier and get her out of the woods quicker,” according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game.
When the group reached conservation officers and AVSAR, Regan was put on a litter and loaded onto an ATV. She was then transported two miles.
The teams and Regan reached the trailhead at around 6 p.m., authorities said. The Dracut woman declined medical treatment and transportation from an ambulance and was driven from the trailhead in a personal vehicle.