Scottsdale police officer injured during mountain bike training

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SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale police officer was injured while riding a mountain bike over rough terrain during a training session Tuesday morning.

According to spokeswoman Tiffani Nichols, the Scottsdale Fire Department was called to the Gateway Loop Trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve located off Union Hills Road and Thompson Peak Parkway. The injured officer was approximately one mile up the trail.

The officer was training with the Parks and Preserve Unit on a mountain bike when he hit a rock on the trail and went over the handlebars. He sustained injuries to his collarbone, ribs and hand.

According to Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark, the officer's injuries would have been far worse if his helmet didn't take the brunt of the impact.

A Scottsdale Fire Department rescue team brought the officer down from the trail.