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UPDATE: Motorcyclist found safe in Canyon Country after night stranded in ravine

Posted: March 19, 2014 9:15 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2014 5:20 p.m.

An off-road motorcyclist crashed near Rowher Flats in Canyon Country and spent the night at the bottom of a darkened ravine, hiking out of the ravine Wednesday morning, a sheriff’s official said.

A motorist found him after he crawled out of the brush, a Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s spokesman said.

“He’s at home. His wife hugged him and she’s happy,” SCV Sheriff’s Station Lt. Mark Hershey said.

The ordeal began shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hershey said, when the 55-year-old motorcyclist “fell or collapsed and went down into a ravine” while traveling along a trail.

Antonio Marquez had a cellphone but had poor reception at the bottom of the ravine, Hershey said.

“His phone died and then it was too dark and he couldn’t get out,” he said. “He hiked out this morning, hitchhiked and, at 7:10 a.m., got a ride home.”

The motorist who picked up Marquez drove him home, and his wife called deputies to report he was found.

“His wife was all concerned, but now she’s happy,” Hershey said. “He was wearing good motorcycle body gear that ended up all ripped.”

Marquez appeared to be in good health with no serious or obvious injury, he said.

The crash occurred in rugged terrain north of the Santa Clarita Valley and was the second time within a week that a motorist went off a road and into a ravine, prompting an expanded search.

Last Friday a GMC Sierra pickup truck ran off Lake Hughes Road in Castaic and crashed 400 feet down a ravine, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger.

The survivor and truck wreckage weren’t discovered until 36 hours later, when a passing driver noticed skid marks off the road and called the California Highway Patrol.
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