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Injuries Reported in Crash on Angeles Crest Highway

Motorcyclist airlifted in unknown condition.

Authorities responded to an injury crash on Angeles Crest Highway Saturday afternoon.

The incident was reported just before 4 p.m. on the mountain road near mile marker 56.5, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to CHP traffic logs, the injured rider lost feeling in a portion of his body, but it was unclear the extent of his injuries.

The accident reportedly happened near the Newcomb's Ranch area.

According to Tatiana Sauquillo of the CHP, a helicopter transported the victim. The victim's condition was not known. According to scanner reports, the victim was flown to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Mick Davies June 24, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Some two dozen people traveling west from Wrightwood to La Canada Flintridge were stuck between the accident and air rescue. Upon arrival, after a concerted effort to land immediately adjacent to the accident site, the pilot had to choose a different location from the one initially thought by authorities on the ground to be most appropriate. Motorists directed to stop and pull into a nearby turnout prior the helicopter’s arrival found themselves caught between the accident site and the landing site after the pilot determined the closest safe landing zone was east of the motorists. The turnout is also used by hikers to park their cars and, upon returning, several found themselves in the same predicament as the motorists; unable to head westbound due to the accident on one side and unable to head eastbound due to the waiting helicopter on the other. The motorists and hikers are to be commended for their understanding, patience, and cooperation while waiting it out in order to maintain an unobstructed route for the paramedics and victim to be shuttled by forest rangers between the landing site and the accident site. Ranger Steve from the Forest Service should also be commended for quickly securing the area and locking down traffic at this particularly dangerous curve thereby insuring the safety of everyone affected by the incident. The level of coordination and inter-agency cooperation evident in the actions of all the professionals involved in the rescue was extraordinary
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JT Hampton June 25, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Wow, Mick, thanks for all those details. I'd never thought about the impact to other motorists.
Mick Davies June 28, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I'm hoping to hear an update about the rider's condition. Wishing for the best. Because of all the curves accidents on the Crest have the potential to escalate if not managed really well and Ranger Steve secured the road on either side in short order. It's horrible when someone is badly injured up there but having it turn into a multi-vehicle accident would be so much worse.
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Mick Davies October 04, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I ran into the pilot and co-pilot at Newcomb's Ranch earlier this week. They remembered the accident and informed me that the rider survived his injuries.

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