A motorcyclist who fell off the 51st Street viaduct on Friday remains in critical condition Saturday, said Capt. Joshua Schirard, a Galveston Police Department spokesman.

The motorcyclist was heading west Friday on Harborside Drive when he struck the back end of a Texas City Independent School District bus before losing control, Schirard said.

The viaduct is a tall overpass that carries traffic on Harborside Drive and 51st Street over a collection of railroad tracks.

Four students were on the bus at the time it was hit, but medical authorities determined they were unharmed, Texas City ISD spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said.

The students live in Galveston but attend school in Texas City through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Tortorici said.

The motorcyclist was transported to the emergency room at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital after being rescued from the water under the bridge.

The incident came as 250,000 motorcyclists descended on Galveston for Lone Star Rally, the largest known four-day motorcycle rally in the country. The event ends today.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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