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Hiker with broken ankle rescued from Appalachian Trail

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DALTON, Mass. -- A potentially life-threatening situation for a hiker on the Appalachian Trail ended Sunday with a successful rescue.

Emergency crews say a man was moving along the Dalton line Saturday, when he broke his ankle. With limited mobility, he was able to reach the Kay Wood trail shelter by nightfall.

Officials say the man -- who was properly attired and equipped for the weather conditions -- stayed in the shelter overnight, before calling for assistance.

On Sunday morning, rescuers battled four-foot-deep snow to get a stretcher to the hiker, and bring him out.

Eventually, they were able to reach the shelter and take the injured hiker to the hospital.

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