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Motorcycle racer hospitalized after crashing at Bonneville Salt Flats

Posted at 9:48 AM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 11:48:06-04

A veteran motorcycle racer was transported by Life Flight to a local hospital after crashing while trying to set a land-speed record on Friday.

Ralph Hudson, age 69, reportedly lost control of his motorcycle land speed vehicle at approximately 252 miles per hour while attempting a speed record, according to a Facebook post from Southern California Timing Association president Bill Lattin.

The accident happened around 8:20 a.m. on the final day of “Speed Week” at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

According to a 2017 LA Times article, Hudson broke the land-speed record on a partially streamlined sit-on motorcycle in 2017, clocking an average speed of 284 miles per hour, and holds multiple land-speed records for time trials at the Salt Flats.

His immediate condition was not reported.