DUARTE >> Rescuers rushed an injured motorcyclist to a trauma center Friday following a crash on the 210 Freeway in Duarte, authorities said.
The crash involved the motorcycle, and SUV and a third vehicle and was first reported about 6:02 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials said.
The cyclist, a 48-year-old man, appeared to have rear-ended the SUV, fire Capt. Jeffrey Myers said. “His helmet went through the back window.”
But the Northridge man was conscious and breathing as paramedics loaded him into a helicopter at nearby Encanto Park and rushed him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
“His injuries are major,” CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
Myers said the rider was likely spared more severe injuries by his protective gear, including a helmet and leathers.
The driver of the SUV, a 46-year-old West Covina man, was also taken to a hospital with apparently minor injuries, Myers said.
CHP officials described the SUV as a Nissan Pathfinder which sustained “moderate” rear-end damage.
Details regarding the third vehicle involved in the crash were not available, however two 40-year-old San Bernardino men inside of it were not injured, Posada said.
CHP officials issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and two left lanes of the freeway for about an hour following the crash.
Officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP were investigating the collision. No further details were available.
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department