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Motorcycle rider airlifted following accident on Old Highway 91

IVINS - A motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital Sunday afternoon as a result of a motorcycle accident on Old Highway 91.

Motorcycle accident on Old Highway 91, Ivins, Utah, March 3, 2013 | Photo by Marty Lane for St. George News

Motorcycle accident on Old Highway 91, Ivins, Utah, March 3, 2013 | Photo coutesy of Marty Lane,  St. George News

At approximately 4:40 p.m., Sunday, a 56-year-old man crashed his motorcycle near mile marker 12 on Old Highway 91. Detective Nate Abbott, public information officer for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said that he sustained “severe injuries” and was transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas via medical helicopter.

Marty Lane, a witness to the accident, said he was following behind the motorcycle when the accident occurred, said the rider sustained a broken neck, punctured lungs, crushed ribs and is currently in intensive care “fighting for his life.”

The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the accident. The cause of the crash is unknown and still under investigation, though Abbott said that there was no evidence at the scene to suggest impaired or distracted driving or excessive speed.

St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.

UPDATE March 8, 2013 – see related post: 

Community rallies around motorcycle accident victim in critical condition; recovery ‘miracles happening’

March 7, 201

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