Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Motorcyclist injured in off-road crash

Hailey man treated for broken ribs at St. Luke’s


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

A 48-year-old Hailey man was treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River after he crashed a trail motorcycle Tuesday, July 26, in a remote area up Greenhorn Gulch Road, south of Ketchum.

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that Curt Noetzold suffered several broken ribs in the accident that occurred at about 9:30 a.m. in Imperial Gulch, which is about 15 miles west of the Greenhorn Gulch Road intersection with state Highway 75.

Ramsey said Noetzold was taken to the hospital by emergency helicopter because of the remoteness of the accident location and because Noetzold reported that he was having trouble breathing. Ramsey said Noetzold was released from the hospital about eight hours after being admitted.

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Ramsey said Noetzold was riding a Husqvarna 125 trail bike when the accident occurred.

"He stated that his front tire hit a rock and it threw him over the handlebars and onto the trail," Ramsey said.

The sheriff further reported that Noetzold was wearing a helmet and other protective riding gear.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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