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Biker flown to hospital after crash on U.S. 40 at Elk Springs

Staff Report

A 76-year-old Washington man was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction Tuesday morning after crashing on his motorcycle at Elk Springs along U.S. Highway 40 west of Maybell.

He was wearing a helmet and received non-life-threatening injuries, including bruising and bleeding on his face and a bruised elbow, according to Colorado State Patrol Captain Doug Conrad.

The man was traveling with another motorcycle, which pulled off ahead of him into the rest area at Elk Springs. The injured biker apparently didn't see him slow down until the last second, Conrad said, then hit his brakes, went off the road and crashed.

The riders' destination was unknown, but with the annual Sturgis Rally under way July 30 to Aug. 15, Conrad reminded drivers to share the road and watch for bikers. Colorado State Patrol supports the Safe 2 Sturgis campaign in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to encourage rider awareness and safety.