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Motorcyclist survives 100 foot plunge down Big Cottonwood Canyon
First Published Aug 12 2012 02:14 pm • Last Updated Nov 30 2012 11:32 pm

A motorcyclist was expected to recover after he plunged about 100 feet down the side of Big Cottonwood Canyon on Sunday.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 42-year-old was headed eastbound about noon up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road when his motorcycle encountered some loose gravel coming out of the S-curve. Hoyal said the rider lost control, went onto the shoulder and then plunged down the side of the canyon.

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Both man and motorcycle fell about 100 feet, Hoyal said. The motorcycle got stuck in a tree, he said.

When emergency crews arrived, Hoyal said, the biker was climbing up the slope. He suffered some cuts to his legs and was transported to a hospital. Authorities said the man was wearing a helmet that likely saved him from serious head injuries.

Hoyal said there was no guardrail where the man lost control.


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