‘Horrific’ Crash Closes Hwy. 87

Another smashup at deadly ‘Corvair Curve’

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A “horrific” motorcycle wreck at Corvair Curve Sunday afternoon closed southbound Highway 87 for several hours and landed a man in the hospital in serious condition.

A 21-year-old Mesa man was heading south on the highway about 1:20 p.m. when he reportedly lost control on the wet roadway and crashed his motorcycle into the guardrail.

Witnesses said the bike struck several more guardrail posts before bouncing back, crossing both lanes of traffic and landing in the drainage ditch on the opposite side of the road. The driver, meanwhile, continued past the bike, stopping in the number one traffic lane, said Sgt. Erik Axlund with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

An off-duty firefighter in the area started medical aid until paramedics arrived.

The man, who remained unconscious, but breathing, was taken to Rye and Native Air flew him to a Scottsdale hospital.

On Sunday night, Axlund learned the man was still in the intensive care unit, but in stable condition.

“That crash was pretty horrific,” he said. “I am glad he is alive and I hope he stays alive.”

The man was wearing a jacket and helmet. It is unclear what caused the wreck, but the road was wet from recent rains. The southbound lanes were closed for two hours.

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