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A motorcyclist and his passenger were involved in a high-speed crash on Highway 199 Monday, requiring medical evacuation.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Tyler Ray Gentry and his passenger Montana Bell were driving northbound on U.S. Highway 199 south of mile post 26.50. At about 5:35 p.m., Gentry was traveling too fast to maneuver his Suzuki DL-650 through a sharp left-hand curve, causing the motorcycle to travel in an easterly direction and collide into the guardrail, according to CHP. After the impact with the guardrail, Gentry and Bell were ejected from the motorcycle.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and began providing medical assistance to Gentry and Bell. According to the CHP, Bell suffered major injuries as a result of the crash, while Gentry was treated for minor injuries.

Gentry and Bell were transported to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center by American Medical Response.

Gasquet Fire Protection District, Illinois Valley Fire Protection District and American Medical Response assisted with the scene. According to the CHP report, alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the CHP Crescent City area office.


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