Tyler Huntington stable after surgery

Two-time Iron Dog champion Tyler Huntington is recovering from surgery to treat serious injuries suffered in a high-speed accident earlier this week.

Huntington underwent six hours of surgery in Anchorage during which 30 screws were placed in his pelvis, the Iron Dog reported Thursday on its Facebook page.

 Huntington, 27, is in stable condition but his family is requesting no visitors until further notice, the Iron Dog reported.

Huntington, who grew up in Galena and lives in Fairbanks, was traveling an estimated 80 mph when the accident happened, race organizers reported. He hit a piece of driftwood on the side of the trail and was thrown from his machine. 

Huntington won the 2010 and 2011 Iron Dog with partner Chris Olds and placed second last year with Tre West.

He had entered this year’s 2,000-mile race across Alaska, which begins Feb. 17 at Big Lake, with Evan Booth.