Bike rider blames booby trap for injuries


LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU), — A Luzerne County man is recovering tonight from injuries he suffered when he encountered a booby trap while riding a bike on the Back Mountain Trail. The incident has people who use that trail on high alert.

The booby trap was set up on the Luzerne Borough portion of the trail. Dave Bass says while he was injured, he knows it could have been much, much worse.

Bass says he still can’t believe what happened as he rode his bike Wednesday evening on the Back Mountain Trail.

“I was stunned when it first happened. I didn’t know what to expect,” Bass said. “At the last minute, I saw what I thought was a dangling downed power line, something like that and then boom, I hit a rope. Somebody had tied a rope across the trail from a tree to a large rock. It caught my bike and flipped me to the ground real hard. I hit my head and crashed on top of the bike.”

He suffered numerous injuries.

“Shoulder, elbow, both sides. Bruised ribs. I had x-rays today,” Bass said.

People walking the trail today were stunned by what happened.

“Well it’s crazy because I’m on the trail almost every day. A lot of people use it. It’s hard to believe that people would want to do it to other people,” trail user Stephen Taren said.

Mark Albrecht is one of the founders of the Back Mountain Trail.

To hear that something like this happened, it’s out of the norm but it really crushes us because we never think of anybody intentionally doing something like this in the trail to hurt somebody,” Albrecht said.

Luzerne Borough Police are asking the public for help in tracking those responsible.

“Look at it as if it were one of your friends or yourself. Would you want someone to come forward who actually has information who could be the suspect in this incident,” Luzerne Police Officer Brandon Bradshaw said.

“Let’s look out for one another. If you see something like this, report it to Luzerne Borough. If you see something like this, post it on Facebook, but also warn walkers,” Bass said.

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