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Hiker Airlifted from Santa Monica Mountains trail

May 16, 2010 |  2:40 pm

A hiker fell on a fire road in the Santa Monica Mountains Sunday and suffered a serious head injury before being airlifted to a hospital, authorities said.

The accident occurred at about 11:44 a.m. in Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park near West Mandeville Canyon Road, said Los Angeles  Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The 1,400-acre park is just north of Brentwood.

Firefighters were called after a passerby reported seeing the approximately 40-year-old man fall and lose consciousness, Humphrey said.  He regained consciousness but was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a precaution, Humphrey said.

Authorities said such mishaps are increasing in frequency as spring weather draws hikers and others to local parks and recreation areas.

“We encourage people to travel in groups and let others know of their plans,” Humphrey said. “And in urban areas, consider taking a fully charged cellphone.”

-- Carla Rivera