A horseback rider who was injured off the Cascade Lakes Highway on Friday was flown to safety in an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter.
Rhonda Glasser, 55, from Eugene, was riding with family and friends on a trail between Horse Lake and Mirror Lake at around 12:30 p.m. when her horse kicked up a hornet’s nest. Reacting to the swarm of hornets, the horse threw Glasser into a nearby tree, and she suffered serious injuries.
Search and rescue teams from both Lane and Deschutes counties responded to the area. Four members of the Deschutes County team were transported to Horse Lake by an Air Link helicopter, then hiked another two to three miles to reach Glasser.
Due to rugged terrain and thick vegetation, AirLink’s helicopter was unable to land near Glasser. The National Guard responded with a Black Hawk helicopter. A medic and litter were lowered from the helicopter, and Glasser was airlifted to St. Charles Bend for treatment. A nursing supervisor said Glasser was being evaluated Friday evening.