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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Highway 49 crash

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A crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck on Highway 49 in Auburn sent the rider to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries Sunday. The accident at about 3:30 p.m. closed Highway 49 at the top of the American River canyon near Lincoln Way for about 45 minutes, according to traffic officer Chris Forman with the Auburn Police Department. Traffic was diverted to Old Foresthill Road during that time. “The investigation is still preliminary,” Forman said. “The initial observation and witness statements have the (motorcycle) rider passing over a double yellow.” According to the preliminary investigation, as the rider went around the corner in an opposing lane of traffic he was hit head on, Forman said, The standard three-quarter-ton pickup was towing a trailer. The occupants, a father and son, were not injured, Forman said. The injured man, identified as a 27-year-old Sacramento resident, was reportedly with a group of riders. “Witnesses have all of them passing over double yellows,” Forman said. “There were three bikes in the group but separated. The other two were not involved (in the crash).” According to Forman, the motorcyclists were traveling up the canyon and the pickup had just entered the canyon heading in the direction of the American River confluence. The investigation is continuing, but drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, he said. ~ Staff report