Speed appears to be the cause of a life-threatening motorcycle crash in Sumner on Thursday, police said.
The accident happened about 5:35 p.m. in the 5700 block of West Valley Highway and started a small brush fire that also burned the motorcycle.
Witnesses said the motorcyclist, a 40-year-old Auburn man, didn’t make a turn in the road, drove onto the curb and sidewalk and flipped several times before landing in a blackberry bramble.
A few drivers stopped to help drag the motorcyclist away from the fire before paramedics arrived.
Police said the man was wearing a helmet and that alcohol did not appear to be a factor.
He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition Friday was unknown.