RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - A man riding a dirt bike west of Rio Rancho sailed over a cliff late Friday and fell an estimated 150 feet down the escarpment toward the Rio Puerco Valley.
At 8 p.m. aerial video from Sky News 13 showed responders from the Rio Rancho Fire Department and Sandoval County had rappelled down the cliff with a litter and had reached the biker.
An officer already had been with the man for some time.
Initial reports indicate the man, believed to be in his late 30s, suffered multiple fractures and other injuries.
The incident happened about 7 p.m. west of the west end of Southern Boulevard.
UPDATE: 9 p.m.: Windy conditions prevented a medical helicopter from airlifting the injured man to a hospital, so he was transported by ground ambulance. Reports from the scene indicate the man is expected to survive his injuries. The man's name and detail of what led to the crash have not yet been released.
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