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Marine Injured When Motorbike Crashes On Ortega Highway

The incident was reported to California Highway Patrol at 4:28 p.m.

UPDATE 5:49 p.m.:

A Camp Pendleton Marine suffered serious injuries Saturday when his motorbike crashed on the Ortega Highway -- in an area known as the "Carousel" -- and both he and the bike went off the road, the CHP reported.

The crash, that also involved a Toyota Camry driven by a 41-year-old Lake Elsinore resident, shut down the highway in both directions for about 30 minutes. At press time, eastbound traffic remained backed up for about a mile.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Keene told Patch at the scene that the motorcyclist was heading west -- uphill -- on the Ortega at about 4:30 p.m.

The Camry was heading east -- downhill -- when the bike drifted into the eastbound lane and struck the Camry's front end, knocking the rider off the bike and the bike off the road, Keene told Patch.

The Marine, who had active duty friends out riding with him, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center, Keene said.

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ORIGINAL POST:

The Ortega Highway is closed in both directions Saturday due to a injury crash involving one motorcycle 30 feet over the side.

The crash was reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. near Dead Man's Curve, about 2 miles up from Grand Avenue.

Unconfirmed reports state the crash involves multiple vehicles, but according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson, only one motorcycle is confirmed over the side.

Hendrickson said the roadway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

More updates to follow …

Eliz July 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Respect - for the road and the riders - it is just that simple. I so enjoy the drive and have done so on cycle and in auto. Some travel the Ortega more frequently and have a better feel for the road which may lead to an increase in their risks (or speed). But we can never anticipate the other drivers or hazards that may arise. Living just below the Ortega - we see many cars and cycles being hoisted from the side - it is a sad sight, every time.
Austin French July 03, 2012 at 05:48 AM
He was not impatient, He wasn't behind any vehicles whatsoever, wasn't passing and was not being impatient or irresponsible. He is in fact licensed properly. Also his speed was not more than 40 MPH. I'd suggest thinking about your statements there "Tell it like it is". It's stereotypical statements like that, that have caused racial issues and many other issues throughout the past and present. Unless you were there, don't make assumptions. Because everyone knows what they say about ass-umptions...
Mr.A July 03, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Hope he's ok, And yes respect for the riders and drivers but at the same time We All have to respect the roads, signs and speed limits. Wether he was speeding or if it was a simple accident if you ride or drive at speed limit u have more time to see the road ahead of you and any dangers ahead of you than if your're just flying down the road.. just sayin'
Mother of injured July 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
How easy it is for you to assume that he was impatient! The vehicle behind him was impatient and was driving too close to him which when he tried to pull off the road he hit a pothole. SHAME on you for making your assumptions!! Yes, he is licensed properly and yes he was using extreme caution! I pray that one day it is not you that receives a call that your family member was in any type of acciednt!!!
Laura Baldwin October 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I also commute Mon through Fri. and agree with you. Also I am looking for someone to commute with,. Interested? Contact Laura at llbaldwin45@yahoo.com

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