By David Highfield

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — A man is in UPMC Mercy Hospital after the motorcycle he was driving crashed straight into a guardrail and he was thrown about 70 feet down a hill.

It happened on a bend on Sylvan Avenue in West Mifflin.

Police say the man was not speeding but that the bike was apparently having mechanical problems.

A witness reports seeing the motorcycle jerking forward as the man approached the bend.

The first two people on the scene say they could hear the victim screaming for help.

D.J. Webb had just left work when he saw a woman flagging him down along the road near the crash site.

Webb says the victim screamed that he could see the bone in his leg. Webb called 911 and talked to the man to try to keep him calm.

The initial report was that the man’s leg had been partially amputated in the crash, but it may not be that bad.

West Mifflin Police report that the man did have a good sized cut on his right leg.

Rescue crews used a basket to bring the man up the hillside.

The victim’s name has not been released, but police say he’s in his 30s.

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