Motorcyclist critical after plunging 40 feet from Philadelphia highway

The view from Kelly Drive looking across to the gorge that the motorcyclist fell into from the Route 1 / I-76 interchange on Friday, May 18, 2012. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
The view from Kelly Drive looking across to the gorge that the motorcyclist fell into from the Route 1 / I-76 interchange on Friday, May 18, 2012. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Staff Photographer)
Posted: May 19, 2012

A motorcyclist struck a concrete barrier on the Roosevelt Boulevard bridge over the Schuylkill and flipped off his bike early today, plunging 40 feet into a gorge under the highway, Philadelphia police said.

The 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reported in extremely critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Police said the motorcyclist had exited the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) at a “high rate of speed” and was northbound on the boulevard (US 1) at 2:15 a.m. when he apparently lost control, struck a concrete barrier and flew over the side.

He landed about 40 feet down on the East Falls side of the Schuylkill, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

Police and firefighters staged a high rescue operation to lift the man to the highway.

The ramp from the I-76 to US 1 northbound was closed for hours after the accident.

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