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Serious injuries in Highway 69 cycle wreck

Courtesy Photo/Mayer Fire<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A man and his 12-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries on Jan. 31 when the rear tire on this motorcycle blew out at HIghway 69 and Findley Rd.

Courtesy Photo/Mayer Fire<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->A man and his 12-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries on Jan. 31 when the rear tire on this motorcycle blew out at HIghway 69 and Findley Rd.

Native Air helicopters transported a man and his 12-year-old son to Phoenix area hospitals this past week after a blown tire on their motorcycle caused an injury accident.

Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown said firefighters and medical personnel responded to a call about the accident at Highway 69 and Findley Rd. just after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Brown said the motorcycle's driver told emergency personnel that the cycle had blown a rear tire, and he had to lay it down on the highway.

Emergency personnel treated both the driver and his 12-year-old son on scene, and then helicopters transported the man to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, and the boy to Phoenix Children's Hospital. At last report, Brown said, emergency personnel heard the two had suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

Both the man and boy wore helmets, which saved their lives, Brown said.

"Seeing the amount of damage to the bike, if they hadn't been wearing helmets, it would have been a completely different story," he said.

The accident closed southbound Highway 69 for about 20 minutes while helicopters were on the scene. Lifeline Ambulance, DPS and Yavapai County Sheriff's Office assisted at the accident.

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