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Man dies after crash at off-roading park

Posted: May 25, 2014 6:43 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2014 6:43 p.m.

An off-roading enthusiast died Sunday following a crash at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreational Area entrance near Gorman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department was notified Sunday afternoon about the death of a man who had been airlifted to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital from the state recreational area near Gorman, Coroner’s Investigator Kristy McCracken told The Signal Sunday.

“The person who died is an ATV rider,” she said, referring to the operator of an all-terrain vehicle.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, two people were injured at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreational Area near Gorman, said Supervisor Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Emergency crews from Ventura County attended to one of the two people hurt at the popular off-roading site, Peters said.

“We transported one person from Hungry Valley to an area hospital,” said a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. The gender, age or condition of that person was not disclosed.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, however, treated the other injured person at Hungry Valley and airlifted him to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital at 1:30 p.m., Peters said. The chopper lifted off the ground from Hungry Valley at 1:31 p.m.

“The chopper with that patient landed at Henry Mayo at 1:41 p.m.,” Peters said.

The person identified as an ATV rider died at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, McCracken said.

In a separate and unrelated incident, a motorcyclist was injured and airlifted to an area hospital Sunday morning after he plunged into a ravine off the Angles Crest Highway, Peters said.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Sunday, county paramedics were dispatched to a remote section of the Angeles National Forest about 12 miles southwest of the Devil’s Punchbowl, in Pearblossom, for report of a motorcyclist seen plunging down a ravine, said Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters.

A motorcyclist traveling on the Angeles Crest Highway went over the side of a cliff about three miles north of Newcombs Ranch Restaurant and Bar, down a ravine called Avalanche Canyon, according to early responders.

Paramedics aboard a rescue helicopter reported spotting the man “conscious and breathing” shortly before 11 a.m.

The injured motorcyclist was flown to an area hospital, Peters said.


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