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UPDATED: Westbound Lanes Reopen After Fatality Crash Shuts Down Angeles Crest

Officials issued a Sig Alert for both lanes near Cloudburst Summit.

UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: The westbound lane of Angeles Crest Highway has reopened after a fatality crash forced officers to shut down all lanes during the investigation.

PREVIOUSLY: A motorcyclist died of injuries sustained in a solo crash on Angeles Crest Highway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Medics performed CPR on the rider, only described as a man in his early 20s. The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. near Cloudburst Summit in the Area of the Mt. Waterman Ski Resort, according to scanner reports.

The rider was to be airlifted from the scene of the crash, but was declared dead. Around 3:46 p.m., authorities issued a Sig Alert in both directions for an unknown duration.

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Judy Bass September 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I give up, how many fatalities on the Angeles Crest in the past few weeks? And every one has been a young man on a motorcycle - anyone see a pattern here?
RT September 30, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I'd like to know how we compare to other parts of the state in motorcycle accidents/fatalities. This data could be useful perhaps, to tailor an outreach program to increase safety or deter irresponsible behavior on ACH.
Sharon Perlstein September 30, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Think of all the lives that were saved when Angeles Crest Highway was closed after the Station Fire.
Peter Demuth September 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Finished the Mt. Waterman trail at about 3:00, and headed back toward Pasadena - we got to the closure just as paramedics concluded trying to save him. It seems he lost control on the curve, a roadside snowplow marker was bent over - may he rest in peace. That section of the highway has rocks on the road constantly, so we had a good safety discussion with our Scouts driving around through Wrightwood to get home.
PattiB September 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM
You all took the words right out of my fingers! I have been thinking this for weeks. My family took a Glendale PD motorcycle safety class before any of us ever got on a motorcycle (we are all riders). My older brother's life was probably saved because of that class when a drunk driver rearended him on his motorcycle. He knew how to dump that bike and save his life. He was wearing a leather jacket and jeans (he slid on his wallet in his hip pocket). Some of the problem is cars who cross over the center line, especially when descinding the mountain. Wouldn't our money be better spend having a massive safe driving campaign vs. the funds and lives that are lost? What are the statistics?
Kris Elliott September 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I've always wanted to take a drive on the ACH since moving here four years ago. Sadly, I'm terrified to go up there (and this is in a car...I won't ride a motorcycle in this city)! It's not that I'm afraid of mine or my husbands driving skills, it's the other people you have to watch out for. There have been too many fatal crashes lately, so sad.
Steven September 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Very sad that another rider has lost his life. (cars crash there too) Motorcycles can be ridden safely, people can be responsible for their own actions. It Appears that there was no car involved in this accident, just a motorcyclist pushing beyond his own skills. Rider safety courses are required by law in California before you get a class M license. That does not control life experience or adolescent hormones. Maybe we need to look at a system that only allows riders with more experience and or age to ride bikes with more power? There will always be fools, at any age but it help when you have some miles in the saddle.
Hugo A Romo September 30, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Truly a sad loss and as many have already stated, too many are losing their lives & often young lives on the mountain. Speed and the extreme sport culture may be a factor in some cases... and yes a mountain highway safe driving education campaign is needed to curb and prevent these tragic incidents.
Gregg September 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Another sad loss. I think they need to post a big sign up past Green Ridge Estates right as you enter the mouth of the canyon warning motorcyclists to slow down and actually post the number of deaths so far (Hopefully not having to ad anymore)
MtnManMike September 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
In my years driving on the Angeles Crest, I've seen many grisly accidents. Usually young guys between 18 and 25 years of age, and usually riding waaay beyond their abilities. There's no way to stop them. It would help if they were forced to take additional classes before operating a high performance bike. Most kids that age feel invincible. They are also the ones who need rescuing from the trails, rivers, and deserts too! What they could use is a dad to teach them how to be men, not dudes.
Barbara Ellis September 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I wish Newman's Ranch wasn't up there - it's a biker's destination, and they serve beer. Though I'm sure all the bikers drink responsibly.
Sandi October 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
It's Newcombs Ranch! And I'm glad it's there!
Sandi October 01, 2012 at 01:37 AM
You can't blame the road OR the establishment!
Joe Rodriguez October 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Riders should learn to respect the power of the moter between their legs, ride like you were invisible while thinking, WHAT IF?. I agree with Sandi.
Todd October 01, 2012 at 11:14 PM
The CHP or Sheriff's Dept. should post a sign above the country club that updates the number of crashes and fatalities over the previous 12 months. Then again - it would be one more thing to run into.
JESUS October 02, 2012 at 06:12 AM
His name was Martin Delorbe R.I.P
Ari-Justine October 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
RIP :(
Ari-Justine October 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It's Wrong The Way You Had To Go. It Wasn't Fair :"( So Young & Full Of Life, A Man With Such A Big Heart. & Over All An AMAZING Son, Brother, Daddy♥' & Friend!! You May Be Gone But You Will NEVER Be Forgotten Nor Replaced!! Keep An Eye On Us Frm Up There! Man I Miss You :"( Why'd You Have To Go :"( <\3 Rest In Paradise Uncle Martin Love & Miss You ♥'
Maadee October 12, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Sadly we lost a great dad n friend . Though he was a good rider, took all the safety courses n obtain an M class license I guess it was his time to go. He is extremely missed by us all. We will one day be together again in the meantime rest in peace. We love you.... Martin !
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