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A dirt biker from Broward County had to be hospitalized for severe injuries after an SUV rear ended him on a Dunnellon-area roadway, sending his ride underneath the vehicle.

Another motorcyclist also had to be transported for treatment after his motorcycle collided with the dirt bike once it left the SUV’s undercarriage.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), which didn’t identify the motorists involved in the 5:49 p.m. crash from Monday, Nov. 22, the dirt bike and its driver, a 19-year-old Deerfield Beach man, were northbound on North Citrus Avenue just north of West Adirondack Street.

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Traveling behind the white Yamaha YZ450 dirt bike was a blue Chevrolet Suburban, which was being followed by a silver Suzuki Boulevard C50 motorcycle.

According to FHP, the Chevrolet’s front collided with the Yamaha’s rear, causing the dirt bike to overturn onto its side before going underneath the SUV and its driver, a 65-year-old Crystal River man, who was uninjured.

Afterward, the Suzuki and the 70-year-old Dunnellon man driving it collided with the downed Yamaha, causing the motorcycle to fall onto its side as well.

According to FHP, the back-to-back collisions ejected both motorcyclists from their respective rides. 

Emergency responders transported the dirt bike’s driver to hospital to be treated for serious injuries, and the motorcycle’s rider was taken to hospital for non-incapacitating injuries. 

Both men were in stable conditions, according to FHP on Tuesday.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916,  bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.