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Motorcyclist survives 300-foot plunge off cliff

Posted - Jul. 17, 2010 at 6:43 p.m.



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Members of the Unified Fire Authority rescue a motorcyclist near Solitude Ski Resort after he went off a steep shoulder in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Keith Johnson/Deseret News
Members of the Unified Fire Authority rescue a motorcyclist near Solitude Ski Resort after he went off a steep shoulder in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Keith Johnson/Deseret News

(Photo: Keith Johnson/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE COUNTY -- A motorcyclist heading up Big Cottonwood Canyon Saturday drove off a 300-foot cliff and survived.

Unified police say the 36-year-old Salt Lake Valley man was rounding a sharp curve near Solitude Ski Resort when he lost control and launched right off the cliff. He landed near the creek and fire crews had to use special equipment to bring him up.

The man was flown to University Hospital in critical condition. He suffered multiple fractures and other significant injuries.

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