WASHOUGAL, Wash. The family of a Vancouver man hurt while volunteering at the Washougal Motocross Park said it won't chase them from the sport.
The accident happened on Saturday morning, at the facility on Northeast Borin Road, when a racer went off the track and hit volunteer Bruce Barnes.
Barnes, 49, was working on the motocross track during a national event that involved both professional and amateur motocross riders when he was hit, according to the Clark County Sheriff s Office.
Paramedics on scene cared for Barnes and took him to a nearby evacuation point, where he was flown in a LifeFlight helicopter to the Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver around 11:30 a.m.
He was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University, where his condition was upgraded from critical to serious Sunday.
Family members told KGW Barnes suffered fractured ribs, a broken arm, broken pelvis and a broken back.
Brian Barnes was the event announcer. He was told right away that someone was hurt, but had no idea it was his own brother.
A few minutes later they asked me to come downstairs and they told me it was my brother, he said. Watching him fly out on LifeFlight was not fun.
Brian said that motocross is special to his family and despite this terrifying accident, they will still stay involved in the sport.
I love my brother just like you guys probably love your relatives and it's really hard to see, he said. But again, it's a tie that binds our family together. We've been doing this for a long, long time and we're not going anywhere.
The racer who crashed into Barnes did not suffer serious injuries. He visited Bruce in the hospital before heading back home to Australia.