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Motorcyclist injured in Stevens County accident

A motorcyclist was injured Saturday afternoon after losing control in loose gravel in rural Stevens County.

Robert Bertalot, 50, was westbound on Flowery Trail Road about 11 miles east of Chewelah in Stevens County when he hit gravel on a curve, lost control and was ejected over the handlebars, according to the Washington State Patrol. Bertalot, of Beaverton, Ore., was riding a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle and wearing a helmet.

He was transported by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with what troopers described as non-life-threatening injuries.