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Rider In Bicycle Event Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Accident

Mount Rainier National Park

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Steve Albers, 60, of Lakewood, Washington, succumbed to injuries he incurred when he was involved in a single bicycle crash while riding in a large organized ride on Stevens Canyon Road last Thursday.  Albers was participating in RAMROD (Ride around Mount Rainier in One Day), a non-competitive bicycle tour that has been held in part within the park for 29 years under the terms of a special use permit. The 152-mile tour route starts and ends in Enumclaw, Washington.  The route covers portions of park roads and two Washington state highways, climbing and descending two mountain passes.  The event is limited to 800 riders and on this tour as many as 765 participants finished the park portion of the ride. The accident occurred during the early afternoon hours in the Stevens Canyon section of the tour route. Albers, who had participated in RAMROD several times before, was riding down a steep downhill section of the canyon road when he crashed onto the road surface, sustaining severe head trauma.  Rangers and the RAMROD event  ambulance, operated by American Medical Response (AMR), were on scene within minutes of the accident. Albers was flown by Airlift Northwest EMS helicopter to Harborview Hospital in Seattle. He died of his injuries there the following day.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.



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