Injured hiker airlifted from Mt. Diablo

A hiker who broke her ankle Saturday on a remote Mt. Diablo trail was airlifted to safety and taken to a hospital, sheriff’s officials said Sunday.

At 1:20 p.m. firefighters with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District asked the sheriff’s office to help with the rescue.

Sheriff’s officials sent their STARR 3 helicopter, which located the hiker about one mile up on Donner Creek Trail.

The hiker was on the ground and not moving, according to sheriff’s officials.

The helicopter crew flew the victim from the trail to a waiting medical crew, who took the victim to a hospital.

Firefighters opted to fly the victim to safety because the trail was steep and the terrain was unstable, sheriff’s officials said.