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Injured Hiker Rescued from NH Mountain by 1800s Railway

Associated Press

June 29, 2010

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. — An injured New Jersey hiker has been rescued from the Northeast’s highest peak via an old railway.

New Hampshire state police contacted the Fish and Game department Monday evening about the hiker, on Gulf Side Trail on Mount Washington.

Personnel from the Appalachian Mountain Club hiked down to examine him and determined he needed to be carried out.

Fish and Game officials realized the trail intersected the Cog Railway, a 19th-century system using rails with teeth and trains with cog wheels. Railway officials agreed to help in the rescue.

Rescuers went up Mount Washington on the railway and took the hiker back down on it.

The hiker is Hillsboro, N.J., resident Nayyar Bokhari. He had a right knee injury. He’s been hospitalized. His condition hasn’t been disclosed.

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