Crews rescue man, 60s, after he suffers injury in Barton Creek Greenbelt

Emergency crews parked near the scene of a wilderness rescue at the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Frank Martinez)
Emergency crews parked near the scene of a wilderness rescue at the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Emergency crews worked for more than two hours to rescue an injured man in his 60s in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in west Austin Sunday, said Austin-Travis County EMS.

The call came in at about 3:48 p.m. Sunday afternoon to a part of the greenbelt near the 1300 block of South Capital of Texas Highway, ATC EMS said.

Crews initially asked Star Flight to respond, but cancelled an air evacuation after they reached the man and decided he could be extricated by ground.

Medics said they found the man located off the main trails and that he had suffered an injury to an extremity that was not expected to be life threatening.

Medics removed him from the greenbelt using a “big wheel” — a large wheelbarrow-like stretcher on a giant wheel. He was placed in an ambulance to be transported to a hospital at about 6:05 p.m.

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