By Mary O’KEEFE
Emergency responders were called out to two separate motorcycle accidents within hours of each other, and about a quarter mile apart.
The first incident occurred about 10:52 a.m. on Angeles Crest highway at Upper Big Tujunga, mile marker 42. Los Angeles County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Montrose Search and Rescue all responded the accident.
For an unknown reason the motorcycle driver lost control of his vehicle and went over the side about 100 feet.
“We have a regular patrol in the area on weekends,” said Mike Leum, MSR member. “We [got the call] and responded quickly.”
The male driver, 34, from Alhambra had severe injuries. He apparently hit a tree as he slide over the side of the road.
The MSR team members climbed down to rescue the man his injuries were severe, including his lower left leg. He had apparently hit a tree as he slid over the side of the road.
“Usually Air 5 would hoist him up from the area but due to the [surrounding] trees they were not able to [do so],” Leum said. “Air 5 lowered a medic and we brought the victim to the roadway.”
MSR used the winch on their vehicle to help pull the rescue litter (basket) with the victim to the roadway where Air 5 was able to land and transport the man to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
The second motorcycle accident occurred at 12:22 p.m. also on Angeles Crest Highway in the Upper Big Tujunga area, about a quarter mile from the first accident.
MSR team members responded to the incident, as did L.A. County Sheriff’s, USFS and CHP.
Again for an unknown reason the motorcycle driver from Tujunga lost control of his vehicle. He also suffered severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Air 5.
It appears, in both cases, excessive speed may have played a role in the accidents. The incidents are under investigation by CHP.
The Montrose Search and Rescue Team personnel are reserve sheriff’s deputies who volunteer their time to help others for $1 a year, and who partner with sheriff’s civilian volunteers who volunteer for free. There are over 150 members of the eight Search and Rescue teams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who were activated for over 450 search and rescue missions last year, making it one of the most active counties for search and rescue missions in the nation. Reserve deputies and civilian volunteers are supervised by full-time sheriff’s deputies. http://lasdreserve.org/