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Crews have 'challenging rescue' after cyclist injured on remote trail

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

One person was seriously injured and had to be rescued from a remote trail in south Charlotte Sunday. 

MEDIC said incident occurred around 12:11 p.m. near the U.S. National Whitewater Center. 

According to the West Mecklenburg Fire Department, a cyclist fell along the Carolina Thread Trail. MEDIC called the rescue "challenging" because the person was deep in the trails. 

Early reports said the person was rescued from a trail in the Whitewater Center. 

Firefighters said it took nearly a hour and a half to rescue the biker. Fire crews also described the rescue as "very challenging."

Crews said it was approximately a two-mile hike before they could reach the victim.

The cyclist has life-threatening injuries, according to fire officials.

An EMS chopper helped with the rescue. MEDIC says the cyclist was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center.

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