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Update: Motorcycle Crash On HWY 49

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Update at 4:20 p.m.: The CHP has named the rider in today’s Highway 49 motorcycle crash and also determined a cause for the wreck.

The rider is 66-year-old Dan Neill of Arnold. The CHP detailed that Neill “tried to pass a motorhome on the right using a paved pull-out, just south of Cosgrave Road” in the Angels Camp area of Calaveras County. Neill then lost control of the bike on the pavement and rode into some gravel on the shoulder. That brought the motorcycle down, landing on its left side and ejecting Neill. He sustained major injuries and was taken to a Modesto hospital. Drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.

Originally, the CHP had reported this collision, which happened around 1:15 p.m., as a possible hit-and-run with the motorhome being sought, but officers investigating the crash later determined it was not as detailed below.

Update at 2:55 p.m.: The CHP reports it is no longer considering the Highway 49 motorcycle versus motorhome crash a hit-and-run. Instead, they say it is a solo-motorcycle collision.  Adding that it is unclear exactly what happened, but that the bike was following behind a motorhome when it went off the highway.  They do not believe that the motorhome and the bike collided. The rider lost control on the gravel shoulder and was ejected from the bike. He sustained major injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

The wreck happened around 1:15 p.m. on the highway, between Meecham Ranch and Cosgrave roads in the Angels Camp area of Calaveras County. It slowed traffic for about an hour as first responders worked on the rider and a tow truck removed the motorcycle.

Original post at 1:40 p.m.: Angels Camp, CA — The CHP is reporting a possible hit and run motorcycle crash on Highway 49 in Calaveras County.

First responders found the downed bike and rider off on the side of the highway, between Meecham Ranch and Cosgrave roads in the Angels Camp area. The CHP reports that the motorcycle may have been hit by a motorhome, but they have no description of that vehicle to release. The RV is reported to have gone southbound on the highway towards San Andreas. An ambulance has been called to the scene, there is no word on injuries.

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