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By: WomansDay .com on Nov. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m.
Biker crashed and lost in the woods

Photo: Courtesy of Healthcare PR and social media communications professional Leigh Fazzina

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Twitter: Biker crashed and lost in the woods

While competing in a July 2010 mini-triathlon, 36-year-old Leigh Fazzina was separated from the pack when her front bike wheel hit tree roots and she flew over the handlebars. Lost, injured and unable to walk, she tried calling for help on her phone but didn't have a strong enough signal to dial out. The athlete then tweeted: "I've had a serious injury and NEED Help! Can someone please call Winding Trails in Farmington, CT tell them I'm stuck bike crash in woods." According to rescuers, at least six people called them, and within minutes ambulances were dispatched to help her.