The rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was seriously injured after losing control of his bike and being thrown into the ditch.

The rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was seriously injured after losing control of his bike and being thrown into the ditch.

Rider seriously injured in motorcycle crash

The lone rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was seriously injured after losing control of his bike on Highway 3.

  • Aug. 12, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The lone rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle was seriously injured after losing control of his bike and being thrown into the ditch.

Just after 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 10, Cranbrook RCMP received the report of a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Highway 3 approximately 30 kilometers east of the city.

Cranbrook RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services officers attended to the scene. Upon arriving, a lone male was found to be unconscious and being attended to by passersby who had stopped to assist.

BC Ambulance Service arrived on scene to quickly stabilize the individual prior to transporting him to The East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook.

Shortly after arriving at the hospital the individual was air lifted to a hospital in Calgary where he currently remains.

A witness to the accident reports seeing the motorcycle traveling in the eastbound lane when the lone rider appeared to start losing control.

The motorcycle went off the road to the right at which time the rider was thrown over top of the handlebars and into the ditch.

The rider, a 56 year old Nelson man, remains in serious condition with injuries including a fractured femur, fractured ribs, a fractured jaw and bruised lungs.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.