Accident Sends Man To Hospital With Minor Injuries

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Johnny Bergland is assisted by paramedics at the scene of a Thursday afternoon motorcycle accident. Berglund lost control of his Harley-Davidson, fell off the bike and watched it continue down Highway 260 for 500 feet before crashing. Bergland's injuries were not life threatening.

A man riding merrily along on his Harley Thursday afternoon was thrown unmercifully to the ground when he decided to stop for a drink.

Johnny Berglund told authorities he was tossed to the ground after he lost control of his Harley around 4:30 p.m. Helpless, Berglund watched his Harley take a 500-foot journey down Highway 260 and across both lanes of traffic, eventually crashing.

Berglund told Gila County sheriff’s Deputy Rod Cronk that he had driven from Phoenix to Star Valley and was going to stop at the Star Valley Circle K for a break.

“Johnny is not sure exactly what happened,” said Gila County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Scott.

“It appears as the Harley Davidson he was driving went down on the left side, Johnny came off the motorcycle.”

According to witnesses, after Berglund was thrown from the motorcycle, it slid on its side, eventually righting itself, continuing down the highway and across both lanes of travel. The bike finally came to a stop some 500 feet from Berglund. Berglund had non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center for treatment.  No other vehicles were involved and speed does not appear to have been a factor in this wreck, Scott said.

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