Updated: Motorcycle Crash Reported on Angeles Crest Highway

Authorities are responding to a reported crash at mile marker 59 in the Angeles National Forest.

Update: The biker was airlifted to Huntington Hospital, according to Shepherd, who said she did not know the extent of his injuries.

Original: A motorcycle has crashed around mile marker 59 of the Angeles Crest Highway, according to Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

As of 12:10 p.m. crews have not yet reached the scene of the crash, which was reported just minutes earlier by the Newcomb Ranch Restaurant Bar, according to Shepherd.

According to scanner reports, the biker went over a cliff and dropped about 50 feet.

not Carl Peterson lll October 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Does anyone know the data? How mant motorcycle crashes on the 2 ? How many deaths ?
Gregg October 07, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Im telling you, they really need to post a sign @ the mouth of the canyon showing stats on motorcycle fatalities.
Corina Roberts October 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Motorcycle stats alone would be a very biased number. People in cars die up here all the time. And let's not forget the bicyclists, and the bicyclists who ride in the middle of the highway and keep riding after they've caused an accident.
Donna Roberts October 08, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Really, Corina? You think more car motorists and bicyclists die than motorcyclists? I challenge you on this point.
Chris October 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
People die on the freeway all of the time: post stats there, too?
Home Ranger October 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I would find it interesting to see this information posted. How many have died driving the 110 through downtown? Could we also include police shootings and/or suicides? Seriously: If a road is particularly dangerous to a specific group of users, as ACH apparently is to motorcyclists, it would serve as a real warning to those specific users. Their attitude might shift if they knew that there was a death or serious accident every single weekend on that road. This information is not available to those bikers who come to enjoy the highway from other areas. I find that a lot of casual weekend users of the ACH are woefully low on skill, but incredibly full of bravado and machismo. To a lot of them it is a free racetrack experience, or a chance to record their crazy exploits on their new GoPro camera and post it for others to see. A sign indicating that the consequences of screwing up are real and could be fatal might calm them down. Maybe even just an information campaign.
Home Ranger October 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Bicyclists have the right, as legitimate users of the road, to occupy the entire lane if the rider feels he/she needs to. Reasons to take up an entire lane could be debris (rocks, tree limbs, crashed motorcycle rider limbs), or just an unsafe area to pass. Motorists do not have carte blanche rights to the roads. We need to drive responsibly and be aware that anything could be in the road around any corner. If an accident occurs because a biker is occupying the center of the lane I feel that it is not the biker's fault, but the fault of the motorist for driving beyond a speed in which they could not control their car. It is not a freeway, nor should it be. Aggressive driving is what causes most of the accidents up there. it is not a personal driver's playground. Other users have just as much a right to be there as someone in a car.
Donna Roberts October 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
@Chris: those stats are readily available. Most car crashes on freeways are not caused by young macho-acting men speeding and driving recklessly and without regards to their own or others' safety.
M.C. October 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I go (bike) riding up there frequently and have a GoPro camera. I've seen a lot of speeding motorcycles heading up & down ACH but luckily I have yet to experience reckless driving (i.e. riding over the divider, unsafe passing, etc.). But some do take the turns too fast and there tends to be the occasional rock on the road. If I catch any exploits, I don't mind sharing. BTW, great reply to Corina. It's this type of entitlement of the road that can lead to accidents. The DMV should incorporate more training & testing around cyclists and rules of the road. Just my two cents.
Brian October 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
PROBLEM: Too many accidents on Highway 2 / Angeles Crest Highway. SOLUTION: SLOW DOWN and drive DEFENSIVELY. SHARE the road - and this includes bicycles who ride out into the roadway on this narrow highway causing faster-moving traffic to have to react / swerve. If you ride a bicycle on the ACH, I suggest you get mental counciling and find another highway. (I used to ride down the crest on bicycles with friends in the 80's, and it's not a smart idea.) Try Cheney trail if you like hills - there is not much traffic up there.
M.C. October 09, 2012 at 02:12 AM
So you want me to take my road bike "off-roading" on Chaney Trail? You realize there is a difference between road biking and mountain biking, right? I will agree with you though on slowing down and driving defensively.
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