Motorcycle rider hurt in collision with deer near Basalt |

Motorcycle rider hurt in collision with deer near Basalt

A motorcycle rider was injured Monday when he hit a deer bounding across Two Rivers Road, according to authorities.

The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. when the motorcyclist was eastbound near Emma Curve, according to Sgt. Aaron Munch of the Basalt Police Department. A witness told authorities that the sun was directly in the eyes of eastbound motorists and that the motorcycle driver didn’t appear to see the deer dart onto the road, Munch said.

Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson said the man was transported to a local hospital with “substantial but non-life threatening injuries.”

The deer was killed, indicating the force of the collision, according to authorities.

The driver’s name wasn’t immediately available. Munch said the motorcyclist was a 59-year-old man from Carbondale.

A Pitkin alert was sent at 7:22 a.m. stating that one lane of the road was closed. It reopened a short time later.

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