hours after finding crashed motorcycle, blood on Western Slope highway, officials discover driver

Source: The Denver post

The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office says it was called about 2:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a crashed motorcycle and blood, but no driver!

Authorities say a 31-year-old Florida man is lucky to be alive after spending Sunday night into Monday morning hiding out in a Western Slope shed after wrecking his motorcycle in blizzard-like conditions not far from the Utah border.

The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office says it was called about 2:30 a.m. on Monday on a report of a crashed motorcycle and blood, but no driver, on the side of Colorado 141 in Slick Rock Canyon near the town of Egnar.

First responders headed to the scene but couldn’t find the motorcyclist.

San Miguel County sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue crews were dispatched and began scouring the area. He was found about 6:45 a.m. on Monday near the shed.

“The driver told sheriff’s deputies he was travelling alone, en route to Boulder, when he found he was going too fast to round a corner and slid into a guardrail,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “… The driver told deputies he waited on the side of the road for passerby assistance until temperatures started falling, the wind picked up and it started to snow. He decided to walk along the road in an effort to find shelter.”

A photo of the shed.

Investigators believe he crashed at about 9 p.m. Sunday night.

Temperatures in the area overnight Sunday into Monday were reportedly as low as 17 degrees with winds gusting up to 40 mph, according to the sheriff’s office.

“He was fortunate to have found shelter after a bad accident and cold, windy, winter conditions,” Deputy Chris White said in a written statement. “This is another situation where the person, even with severe injuries, was ‘self-rescue’ capable. He got himself where he needed to be.”

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/06/motorcycle-crash-san-miguel-county/

hours after finding crashed motorcycle, blood on Western Slope highway, officials discover driver

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