[symple_googlemap title=”Hiker airlifted from Eaton Canyon” location=”2200 block of Pinecrest Drive, Altadena, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”13″]

Don’t carry a pencil in your backpack if you’re hiking in rough terrain.

A woman teacher in her mid-30s learned that lesson the hard way as she was airlifted from rugged terrain near the Eaton Canyon waterfall in the Altadena area after she slipped and fell while hiking and ended up with a pencil lodged in her lower back.

The injury was reported near the 2200 block of Pinecrest Drive, according to the sheriff’s department and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

She was climbing over some rocks when she slipped and fell and was stuck by a pencil she was carrying in her pack, according to Lt. Chad Sauter of the sheriff’s Altadena Station.

The woman did not plunge from any height, but simply lost her footing and fell to the ground, Sauter said.

She is a teacher who was hiking with a colleague, according to news reports.

The woman was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury and the incident was concluded Monday afternoon, Sauter said.

–City News Service

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