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Two riders hurt in motorcycle-truck wreck on bypass
Two motorcycle riders were injured Tuesday after their bikes collided, and then one of the bikes allegedly was struck by a tractor-trailer on the U.S. 220 Bypass at the U.S. 58 exit, according to the Virginia State Police. One of the motorcyclists, Stephen Turner, 42, of Ivor, Va., was charged with fail to maintain proper control, the state police said. Above, rescue and fire officials work at the scene of the accident, which tied up traffic on the bypass. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Two people were hurt Tuesday in an accident involving two motorcycles and a tractor-trailer on the U.S. 220 Bypass.
According to a news release from Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police, the accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Stephen Turner, 42, of Ivor, Va., was traveling northbound on the U.S. 220 Bypass at the U.S. 58 (Stuart) exit when his motorcycle collided with a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that braked suddenly, the release stated.
The two motorcyclists had been traveling together, the release stated.
A tractor-trailer that was behind the motorcycles attempted to avoid them but allegedly collided with the 2008 Harley-Davidson, according to the release.
The operator of the 2013 Harley-Davidson, Larry Willis, 64, of Winsor, Va., was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, the release stated.
Turner was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville for treatment of his injuries, the release stated. It added that he was charged with fail to maintain proper control.
The tractor-trailer was operated by Ricky Cooper, 55, of Wirtz, according to the release.
The truck he was operating was hauling roofing materials and is owned by ABC building contractors of Roanoke.
Responding to the scene, in addition to the state police, were the officials with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and Henry County EMS.
The investigation s continuing, the release added.