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    biker crashes on South Mountain, air lifted out.

    Alright, who are you and tell us what went wrong. I glad to hear it was not fatal but still sucks to get hurt. It's going to happen someday.



    Man in bike crash on Phoenix trail airlifted to hospital
    by Eddi Trevizo - Jul. 17, 2011 08:32 PM
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    Phoenix officials said a man injured on a hiking trail Sunday was being airlifted by helicopter after he crashed his bike.

    The unidentified man crashed his bicycle on a trail at Phoenix South Mountain Park and was unable to move due to severe pain in one of his legs.

    Officials said he was in stable condition but couldn't be moved on foot because of terrain along the trail.


    "He can't put pressure on it, and he can't stand," said Scott Walker, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department.

    Reduced visibility at nightfall was an additional problem for rescuers.

    The man was being evacuated by air about 8:10 p.m. to a local hospital where he will be further evaluated, Walker said
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    It's a Buddy of mine... broke his tibia just below the knee. Scheduled for surgery Monday am. It was just one of those freak accidents. Riding down national just below the upper hidden valley turnoff and slammed his leg into a large boulder on the side of the trail. This guy is a tank. He has been riding for 15 years and never had a fracture.

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    best of luck to him.
    there but for the grace of God...

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    death before airlift!
    send him our wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    Dang that sucks. My first and last airlift costs my insurance company $20K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cru_jones View Post
    Dang that sucks. My first and last airlift costs my insurance company $20K.

    Oh do tell!
    The airlift story!

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    Ouch. I had to hike out of there a few months back, but that's a tiny bit more do-able with a wrist break than a leg break...

    Here's to a speedy recovery!
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    Healing vibes to your buddy and hopefully his insurance has great airlift coverage. I know for a fact it cost at least 2k to just fire up the Heli.

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    Saw the pics on FB...

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    Dang...I guess I did know that ripper. Get well homey!!! We're all thinking of you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzMntBkr1 View Post
    Oh do tell!
    The airlift story!
    Overjumped a tabletop on my 450F out at the ET mx track in Mesa in 2007. Cased the take off the next tabletop in line, compressed the bike all the way, which put too much force on my right femur. Broke it in a couple pieces.

    One thing I learned is the helicopter medics have way better pain killers than the ground crew.

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    Nice story, i was talking to a buddy who is a flight nurse, and he tells me some insane stories like people bleeding so much it was draining out of the bottom of the helo. But the cost of an airlift is 4k just to start the engines, then $100/mile plus any material used...that crap adds up real quick...for all you math geeks here's a fancy formula i created after hours of arithmetic...

    $4000+$100/mile+other crap= ONE HUGE FREAKING BILL!!!

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    when a co rider went down a few years ago and had to be airlifted out, I asked the firemen the cost of being airlifted versus wheeled out as she had no insurance.....they told me $0.

    so I guess my question is are you speculating about the cost? are you billed only if you have insurance?
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    I didn't personally pay anything, as my insurance was 100% coverage for "transportation"...but I saw the bill and it was just under $20K.

    Both my parents were airlifted after a motorcycle accident (yes, three memebers of my family have all ridden in emergency helos...) and each of theirs was billed in the $15K range IIRC.

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    This is why I walked off Mingus mountain with a fractured tibia, of course with the help of friends on this board and a Coors light tallboy. If your buddy has any questions let me know. I just got back from the same injury on April 2nd. Fractured tibia plateau. Bill was $32,000. Insurance covered it but at the time wasn't sure if they would cover the search and rescue part on national forest land.
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    It is true...

    City of Phoenix Fire crews doing the rescue with the City of Phoenix helicopter (PD pilots) is no charge. You pay for it in your taxes. However the ground ambulance to the hospital is not free. There will be a bill for that. If he has insurance that shouldn't be an issue either.

    Hopefully the surgery was successful.
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    I heard he's doing good and in good spirits!!! Be back on the bike in no time...they had to install some new metal hardware though. He'll join me in the bionic man club

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    Thank God it wasn't life threatening! We have plans for National this weekend.

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    I live right next to the mountain and heard, what I thought, was the ghetto bird until I read the story online moments later. Sending major healing vibes to your friend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cru_jones View Post
    Overjumped a tabletop on my 450F out at the ET mx track in Mesa in 2007. Cased the take off the next tabletop in line, compressed the bike all the way, which put too much force on my right femur. Broke it in a couple pieces.

    One thing I learned is the helicopter medics have way better pain killers than the ground crew.
    That same section got me once too. Not nearly as bad as it did to you, I ended up with two badly sprained wrists and a beat up pelvis and lower back.

    I got out of shape just before the first table on an acceleration bump, got a little wiskey throttle, and way over jumped the first table. One of the worst over jump/bottom out situations I've ever had. I rode out of it but thought I had broken my back.

    Knock on wood, after 14 years of moto I've managed to stay away from the Heli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latedropbob View Post
    I heard he's doing good and in good spirits!!! Be back on the bike in no time...they had to install some new metal hardware though. He'll join me in the bionic man club

    I'm a part of the heavy metal club as well.. I have a Tibia Nail (rod from knee to ankle and 4 screws) in my left leg.

    Not bike related though.

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    I know someone else who was airlifted. $17K before insurance, $0 afterward.

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