Bear runs in path of motorcycle, driver sustains major injuries

A man sustained major injuries Friday, Sept. 25, after a bear ran into the path of a motorcycle on Highway 36, the California Highway Patrol reported.

According to a statement from the CHP, James Murphy, 67, of Susanville, was driving his 2006 Honda motorcycle eastbound on Highway 36, west of the PCT, when a bear allegedly ran from a wooded area directly into the path of Murphy’s motorcycle. Murphy lost control of the vehicle and was ejected onto the roadway.

“Murphy was injured in the collision and his chief complaint of pain was to his chest, where he may have sustained broken ribs,” read the statement from CHP.

Witnesses of the collision remained on scene to assist following the incident, and confirmed the collision involved a bear.

CHP officer Howell is the investigating officer for this incident.

**This post was updated to clarify the bear ran in the path of the motorcycle.

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