Two more incidents Saturday morning brought the number of motorcycle crashes to seven since Labor Day weekend, a fire official said.
Northwest Fire crews responded to both non-fatal crashes.
The first occurred at about 10:20 a.m. when an 82-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle while making a sharp turn near the entrance to Saguaro National Park West, said Capt. Adam Goldberg, spokesman for the Northwest Fire District.
At North Wade Road where it turns into West Picture Rocks Road, the man “went to maneuver a sharp turn and lost control and laid down the bike,” Goldberg said. No other vehicles were involved.
The rider, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The second crash occurred just after 11 a.m. when a motorcyclist and a pickup truck collided near West Avra Valley and North Sanders roads.
The 47-year-old cyclist sustained critical, but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local trauma center via helicopter, Goldberg said. The rider was wearing a helmet.
“Helmets make a difference,” Goldberg said. “He sustained injuries to his torso and body, but not to his head. The helmet, without a doubt, saved his life.”
In the last two weeks, Tucson area rescue crews have responded to “a significant amount of motorcycle-related crashes,” Goldberg said. “Three of them have been fatal, two have had critical injuries, one had serious injury and one minor injury.”
Northwest Fire District, Tucson Fire Department and Drexel Heights Fire District all have responded to motorcycle fatalities since Labor Day, he said.
“We talk so much about seat belt usage. A motorcycle helmet is the same thing to someone riding a motorcycle as a seat belt is to someone riding in a car,” he said.