Motorcyclist injured in U.S. 68 wreck

By Gary Huffenberger

April 11, 2014

A motorcycle driver was transported Friday to Clinton Memorial Hospital with what law enforcement called serious head injuries.

The injured male driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck on U.S. 68 north of Wilmington, according to Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Wilmington post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The name of the injured man was not immediately available at the scene after the 6 p.m. Friday evening incident.

The accident occurred as a group of motorcycles traveled southbound on U.S. 68 North, coming up to the intersection with Orchard Road, said Cook.

The motorcyclists slowed down to make the left turn onto Orchard Road. The injured driver was riding the last motorcycle in the line of motorcycles, the sergeant said.

The driver laid his motorcycle down, striking one of the other motorcycles, added Cook. The driver of the last motorcycle was ejected from his vehicle.

Though the incident remains under investigation, Cook said the injured driver might have been following too closely or it could have been a case of driver inattention.

“But we do know the motorcycles did slow down. He was the last one in the group of motorcycles, laid it down and did strike one of the other motorcycles,” said Cook.

Speed is not believed to have been a factor, said the trooper.

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