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Cyclist injured

July 28, 1999

A cyclist participating in the Carrollton Bank Cycle Across Maryland Tour was injured Tuesday morning when her bicycle hit metal grating on the Sideling Creek Bridge on the border of Allegany and Washington counties, according to Maryland State Police.

Gail Guers, 45, of Harrisburg, Pa., was in serious condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Guers tore a flap of skin from her temple to her forehead in the wreck, said Walter Maddux of the Hancock Rescue Co. She also had a black eye, a scraped elbow and may have broken her shoulder, Maddux said.

Police said Guers apparently lost control on loose gravel and struck the bridge abutment around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Connie Bortz, 41 of Woodbridge, Va., also a CAM Tour cyclist, said after she fell, the injured woman was lying near the bridge railing, which is about 2 feet high.

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