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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:07 am | Updated: 3:34 pm, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — For the second time this summer, a group of hikers received a helicopter rescue while returning from the bus made famous by the book and movie “Into the Wild.”

About 2:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call from three hikers in distress at the bus, according to a news release.

One of the hikers, Nichole Pickering, 25, of Florida, had a non-life-threatening lower leg injury.

A helicopter brought the hikers to their vehicle, and they were able to drive Pickering to the medical clinic in Denali, troopers said.

The bus, located on the Stampede Trail west of Healy, has been the scene of numerous search and rescue operations since the publication of “Into the Wild” and the 2007 film by the same name.

The book, by Jon Krakauer, told the life story of hitchhiker Christopher McCandless, who starved to death while living in the bus in 1992.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.

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