A motorcycle crash which injured a Wasilla man Friday night slowed traffic on the Parks Highway near Trapper Creek.

Ken Barkley, the Mat-Su Borough’s deputy chief of emergency services, said the Mile 117 collision was reported just before 8:15 p.m.

An initial report indicated two motorcycles had crashed, but Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that only one rider had gone down.

"Investigation revealed George Theriot, age 69 of Wasilla, was operating his 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle heading northbound on the Parks Highway with a group of motorcycles where witnesses say it appeared Theriot hit a rut in the roadway and crashed," troopers wrote.

A LifeMed air ambulance was launched to the scene, Barkley said, with the highway briefly closed after it landed at about 9 p.m. Troopers said Theriot was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Earlier this week, a Labor Day collision on the highway near Cantwell involving two vehicles and two motorcycles claimed a total of four lives.

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