The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but the Washington State Patrol says intoxicants are not suspected

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ELLENSBURG — A 55-year-old man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital Saturday after his motorcycle crashed in the Yakima River Canyon.

Harold J. Nelson of South Cle Elum was northbound on Highway 821 at about 4:30 p.m. when the crash occurred, according to the Washington State Patrol.

About eight miles south of Ellensburg he failed to make a curve, left the road and was thrown from his 2009 Harley-Davidson FLSTF, the State Patrol said.

He was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.

Cause of the accident remains under investigation, but intoxicants are not suspected.