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Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Stay Out! Stay Alive!
Near Misses
Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.

September 4, 2008

An Onalaska-area bicyclist suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning when he crashed after getting separated from a group of riders.

The 59 year-old victim was flown to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center about an hour after he was found in a rock quarry, according to the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department.

Other riders found the victim just after 7:30 a.m. Because of the lay of the land, he could not be seen by passing motorists, according to sheriff's reports.

Onalaska first responders, Onalaska firefighters, paramedics with Tri-State Ambulance and sheriff's deputies spent at least 15 minutes moving him out of the rocks and to the road, where a MedLink helicopter was waiting to transport him, according to a Tri-State official.

The victim's family requested that his condition not be released, a Gundersen spokesman said.

According to the sheriff's department, he was riding with friends when he went on a side road with the understanding he would eventually meet up with the other riders at the Onalaska YMCA.

The other riders arrived at the rendezvous point, but when he didn�t arrive they set out to find him.