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Bike rider injured in Highway 66 fall

An Ashland man was seriously injured when he lost control of his bicycle while riding down Highway 66 from the Greensprings Summit Saturday afternoon.

Craig S. Hollinsworth, 56, was riding alone when he lost control just below Tyler Creek Road between mile markers 13 and 14 at about 2:30 p.m., Oregon State Police trooper Bill Matson said. He suffered serious head injuries in the fall.

The first passing motorist to reach the accident was an off-duty Mercy Flights paramedic who called 911 and evaluated Hollinsworth's injuries. The paramedic's expertise enabled the 911 operator to send a Mercy Flights helicopter immediately and notify Rogue Valley Medical Center about the accident, Jackson County Fire District No. 5 firefighter Steve Meziarski said.

Crews from District 5 and Ashland Fire and Rescue rushed to the accident to treat the injured cyclist, who appeared to have an open skull fracture, as well as cuts and scrapes.

His helmet was shattered in half, Meziarski said.

— He said Hollinsworth was able to tell paramedics his name, the time and where he was, although he didn't know what had happened to him.

Oregon State Police closed both lanes of Highway 66 so the helicopter could land and whisk Hollinsworth to the hospital.

He was in serious condition late Saturday night, a nursing supervisor reported.