Three of the four bike riders injured Sunday during the Iris Stagner Memorial Stage Race in Palo Pinto County have been released from hospitals, the race director said Tuesday.The fourth remained in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, but she is expected to be released by Friday, said Andy Hollinger of Bedford.The four were injured when they collided about mile 20 near Graford on the second day of the race. Wind may have been a factor, Hollinger said.“Obviously, all four will be monitored long range, but the prognosis is very good,” Hollinger said. “Everybody’s hopeful, and everybody’s friendly. We care about our family.”Hollinger declined to release the riders’ names but said one is from Corpus Christi, one from Irving and two from Dallas.The race, which began Saturday in Mineral Wells, attracted about 320 riders, Hollinger said. One of the injured riders was taken by ambulance to Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells, where she was treated and released. The other three were taken by helicopter to JPS. “This happens,” Hollinger said. “Now, most of the times it’s just road-rash, bang-up stuff — collarbones, impact stuff.“But it’s unusual for three people to be CareFlited out.”Iris Stagner, the race’s namesake, was killed in September 2012 when she was hit by a truck while riding near her Mineral Wells home. This includes information from Star-Telegram archives.
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