Two motorcyclists were injured after one of the two rammed a wild burro Saturday night on State Route 95.
Desert Hills Fire Department responded about 7:51 p.m. to the wreck at milepost 193 on State Route 95, which is just north of Lake Havasu City.
Two motorcycle riders heading southbound to Havasu encountered two or more wild burros on the road. One rider struck the animal, and the other rider crashed during an evasive driving attempt.
The man who struck the burro was air-evacuated from the scene by a Native Air medical helicopter and flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.
“He was thrown from the motorcycle, there were reports he flew over the handlebars,” said DHFD Fire Captain Bill Weber.
The nature of severity of the man’s injuries weren’t immediately available.
The second rider, who attempted to avoid the crash, was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Havasu Regional Medical Center, in Havasu, by River Medical ambulance service.
Fire officials reported neither wore helmets at the time of the wreck.
The burro, or burros, survived the ordeal, Weber said.
“There was evidence on scene suggesting the burro was struck and suffered some trauma,” he said. Weber wouldn’t elaborate on the evidence other than to say the burro wasn’t killed and ran away from the crash scene. Traffic in both directions was delayed for 20 minutes.
The crash is the second since early Friday.
A motorist struck and killed a wild burro about 6:22 a.m. Friday at milepost 191.5 on SR95. Emergency responders at Friday’s collision reported eight more burros were scene in the area.
“We urge motorists to pay attention to burro warning signs and reduce speeds — and keep an eye out for them,” Weber said.
The collisions have occurred in mountainous areas north of Havasu during low visibility hours of dawn and dusk.
DHFD responded with Rescue 5, Engine 23, and Weber. Other agencies that responded include Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Arizona Department of Transportation.
You may contact the reporter at email@example.com.