Greg Hartman injured at China motocross event

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Greg Hartman shown during a competition in State College earlier in his career.

ESPN is reporting that Greg Hartman of Greencastle, a professional freestyle motocross rider, was injured Thursday while practicing for a competition in China.

Hartman, 27, a 2001 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate, was doing run-throughs at the KIA X Games in Shanghai when the accident happened. According to ESPN, Hartman was “over-jumping the ramp-to-ramp setup” when he was “forced to bail off his bike before landing.”

Onsite medical staff treated Hartman at the scene, according to the ESPN article. He was then taken to a Shanghai hospital were he is being treated for a head injury, right femur fracture, right shoulder dislocation, right humerus fracture and multiple finger fractures. According to ESPN, he was placed in a medically-induced coma and evaluation is continuing with CT scans.

Hartman sent six months recovering from a July 18, 2008 Cleveland, Ohio, accident during the AST Dew Tour. By Jan. 17 he was competing again and won the International Freestyle Motocross Association event in Hampton, Va.

Hartman’s motocross career began when he was 16. He is the 2007 X Games Dubai champion and won the silver medal at X Games Brazil in 2008. Most recently he had top-three finishes in almost every event of the Tour.