UPDATE: Motorcycle Over the Side Reported on Angeles Crest Highway

Possible major injuries reported in crash. Details are still being investigated.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Authorities reported a second motorcycle crash in the area of Angeles Crest Highway, Sunday afternoon.

The second crash was reported on the right shoulder of the mountain road near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, in the same area as the first reported crash, according to CHP officer Monica Posada.

The most recent reports indicate the second crash victim received major injuries in the solo motorcycle crash, first reported around 12:30 p.m. The crash victim was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Both incidents were reported by the US Forestry Service, authorities said.

No further details were immediately known about the first crash earlier Sunday.

Previously: Authorities are still on scene of a motorcycle accident on Angeles Crest Highway past Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Sunday morning.

The crash was first reported to authorities before 11 a.m. near mile marker 42, well above the community of Sierra Madre.

The motorcycle was reportedly 50 feet over the side of the road, said Monica Posada of the California Highway Patrol. It is unknown if the motorcyclist was helped to the road by responding emergency personnel, passersby or under the riders own power.

According to scanner reports, Air Rescue 5 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department called off emergency ground units and tended to the victim. It was unknown where the victim was flown to, or if there were more than one person injured.

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

detrich June 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Mike> We're very sorry to hear about your accident and hope that you are doing better... =( Whereabouts ACH did this happen, and was the motor oil spilled over the road at a corner of a turn? You have our deepest empathy, and we all hope that you can make a speedy recovery and adjust as best you can to this terrible, life-changing accident... With regards to all the negative comments about motorbikes, some observations are true, but many are just biased generalizations. Not ALL motorcyclists are inherently bad and unsafe. A safe vehicle operator- whether be it on 2 wheels or 4- is all the same. And, that is for that individual to follow the speed limit, concentrate on driving/ riding, and operate the vehicle within one's abilities while observing/ adhering to safety conditions of the road. There are easily just as many speeding sports cars and trucks up in ACH that are driving very aggressively and often crossing the double yellow lines! In addition, for every motorcycle or speeding passenger car, there are 3 times as many cars or suv's constantly driving 15MPH -BELOW- the posted speed limit, braking at every minor curve, -completely oblivious- to other traffic on the road, talking/ giggling with passengers in their cars, and refusing to use turn outs... Are these motorists making the road any safer either? I think not either...
corona June 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I was one of the guys that crashed at may 6 and no i wasent racing just lost control after going over area covered by gravel that should have been cleaned up weeks ago after the snow had dried up i do want to thank the helicopter rescue for getting me to hospital as fast as they did i had many broken bones but amazingly already been walking on my leg and just dealing with broken ribs and lower back i am sorry for the guy crashed 10min before me i was told he lost a leg my prayers are with him i wish him a fast recovery
detrich June 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Speedy recovery to you too Corona... :) I was just in ACH this past weekend, and on Saturday I witnessed a white Mercedes driving extremely aggressively going up ACH. I wish I had gotten the license plate, but he was driving much too fast for me to take it down... The white Mercedes got very impatient following a very slow car in front of him- ie one of those oblivious/ slow drivers that was driving way below the speed limit and completely oblivious to the fact that 3 or 4 cars were piling up behind and not using a turn out. Finally, the Mercedes got fed up and pulled across the double yellow in a blind rage AT A BLIND CORNER, and he nearly hit a motorcycle going down ACH head on. This is the type of driver that CHP and Forest Services needs to go after. I think it's ok for a car to pass another one on a straight-away when it's visible and clear in both directions, but ABSOLUTELY NEVER on or at a blind corner. He could have easily killed someone without even knowing it. This is also why "slow cars" are hazardous- because they indirectly cause and bring out this type of behavior and aggravation among other drivers that get stuck behind them.
Citzen July 17, 2012 at 07:57 AM
You are dead wrong about emissions. "Emissions standards for motorcycles are, accordingly, more forgiving than they are for cars and will most likely stay that way since motorcycles account for such a small portion of vehicles on the road. The Air Resources Board estimates there are 600,000 motorcycles in active use in California, which account for less than 1% of vehicle miles traveled in the state. Those 600,000 motorcycles, however, account for 13% of the state's hydrocarbon emissions from passenger vehicle." More specifically, level of emissions spewing from on-road motorcycles and scooters. In California, such bikes make up 3.6% of registered vehicles and 1% of vehicle miles traveled, yet they account for 10% of passenger vehicles' smog-forming emissions in the state. In fact, the average motorbike is about 10 times more polluting per mile than a passenger car, light truck or SUV, according to a California Air Resources Board comparison of emissions-compliant vehicles.
Johnlakaaz February 13, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I'm a new rider and been there more than four times, noticed many good riders, respectful, and cautious, I do pull to the side many many times even though riding at speed limit. Angeles Crest is about nature, care for our back yard, and race tracks are much safer for fast motorcycles. Enjoy the nature not the machine, bicycles should ride with peace of mind, loosing body parts are permanent, for the God's sake enjoy your life to the fullest with safety in mind. Extensive joy is abusive and that is not called fun.


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