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7/11/2019
Man seriously injured in motorcycle crash
Kelli Carlin-Auger, left, and Leslie Becker help emergency crews clean up the roadside following a collision between a motorcycle, mailbox and parked car on Tuesday on South Tongass Highway near Rotary Beach. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek


KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A 30-year-old Ketchikan man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle incident late Tuesday afternoon on South Tongass Highway, and later was medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

The man was riding a 2007 Yamaha cruiser-style motorcycle northbound when he lost control of the bike at about mile 3.3 South Tongass Highway, striking a mailbox and then hitting a parked vehicle, according to troopers information. The rider was trapped beneath the vehicle.

Multiple reports of the incident were received by troopers beginning at about 4:11 p.m. Tuesday, prompting a response by the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, troopers and other responders.

STVFD members were able to extricate the rider from beneath the vehicle, and he was transported via STVFD ambulance to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. He later was medevaced south.

He was reported to have suffered serious injuries, but was in stable condition, according to the troopers dispatch.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that speed appears to be a factor,” in the incident, according to the troopers dispatch.