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3 Motorcyclists Rescued Sunday on Angeles Crest Highway

Montrose Search and Rescue responded to three motorcycle accidents Sunday along Angeles Crest Highway and later searched for a missing man along Chaney Trail in Altadena.

Three motorcyclists had separate crashes within three hours Sunday along Angeles Crest Highway, according to sheriff's officials. 

A rider slammed into the hillside, suffering significant injuries in the first crash on the Angeles Forest Highway, near the Upper Big Tujunga cutoff, about 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sheriff's Reserve Chief Mike Leum told Patch. 

Montrose SAR team members treated the victim and he was transported by Sheriff's Air 5 to a hospital, Leum said. 

Another rider drove off the side of Angeles Crest Highway about 10:45 a.m. Sunday near Mile Marker 46.5, Leum said. He landed in heavy brush and suffered critical injuries. He was flown by a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter to a trauma center. 

Soon after, another rider slid off his bike, leaving oil on the roadway, near Mile Marker 30, Leum said. He walked away with minor injuries, he said. 

At 6:45 p.m. Sunday Montrose SAR was called to help Altadena and Sierra Madre search and rescue teams in finding missing Akiva Estersohn at the Chaney Trail area in Altadena, Sheriff's Lt. Marjory Jacobs of  told Patch.

Patch contacted the California Highway Patrol, who is handling the investigation, but no names or current victim conditions were immediately available. 

, injured, but not in serious condition, according to Jacobs.  Search and rescue teams were helping him walk out on Sunday night, Jacobs said.

Estersohn was reported missing in Los Angeles.  His family, knowing he was an avid hiker, asked police to search all the trail heads in the foothill areas to see if he might have gone hiking.  His vehicle was found in the Chaney Trail area on Sunday.

Glenn Rueger March 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
It might not help, Stephanie. Willow Springs racetrack is not far away and many riders do use it for safe, high speed riding, racing, and for classes, training, etc. And there are other tracks. But the guys you see riding on the freeways on one wheel or lane-spitting at insane speeds don't seem to be using them. Not only do the squids keep drivers such as yourself from enjoying the Crest, they also undermine those of us who attempt to show motorcycling and motorcyclists in a good light. And we can also thank these guys and their automobile counterparts for the necessarily strict law enforcement presence up on our mountain roads.
Nicole Charky March 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Glenn, do you think there's anything local law enforcement could do to bump up safety in that area? Or, do you think it just comes down to education and safe driving?
lonnie fehr March 19, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Increase in Accident Prevention Efforts on Angeles Crest Highway June 17th, 2011 Angeles Crest Highway Accidents Good news for scenic route drivers! The California Department of Transportation has just reopened the Angeles Crest Highway, a popular route for motorcyclists. As more motorcyclists get on the accident-prone highway, the California Highway Patrol has announced an increase in enforcement on this particular route. The Angeles Crest Highway offers motorcyclists a scenic ride, and has long been popular with bikers. However, the highway with its sharp curves and steep cliffs can be rife with accident risks for motorcyclists. The California Highway Patrol is advising motorcyclists this summer to take more care on the accident prone route. The motorcycle safety enforcement initiative is being funded by a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The money will be used to step up enforcement against traffic violations by motorcyclists and drivers. According to the California Highway Patrol, the Angeles Crest Highway has one of the highest accident rates in California. State data shows that 164 motorcycle accidents occurred on one particular stretch of the highway from Starlight Crest Drive to Route 39 over a one-year period. Eight of these accidents ended in fatalities. Speeding, in fact, was a major factor in motorcycle accidents on the Angeles Crest Highway, accounting for more than 98 of the accidents.
Glenn Rueger March 19, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Good question. I figure they're doing what they can with the resources they can spare. Just a guess though - I'm certainly no expert. As a motorcyclist, the possibility of a ticket or of running off the mountain is enough to keep my own speed down but then, I'm not big on adrenaline rushes anyway. I suppose some good might be done if there was a way to call more attention to the fact that the Angeles Crest Highway is an extremely unforgiving road with little room for error or correction. Signs? A Public Service Announcement? Unlikely. One of the major motorcycle magazines did an article on it a while back which gave me a healthy respect for it. Then again that can backfire and act as a magnet for the thrill seekers. Again, good question.
yeahian March 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
so dumb it would increase moto traffic due to reduced auto traffic.

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