Multiple motorcycle injury accidents reported Sunday in county, state

By Eric Smith
Topeka Capital Journal – May 4, 2014

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At least two motorcycle accidents in the county and several more on state highways Sunday sent multiple people to hospitals with injuries.

The two injury accidents in Shawnee County occurred in the afternoon just outside city limits north of Topeka.

The first was a one-vehicle accident with minor injuries that happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. at N.E. 35th and Meriden.

An official with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said a man was driving his motorcycle south on Meriden and preparing to turn west on 35th when he laid his bike over and suffered injuries. He was taken by a private vehicle to a local hospital and was wearing his helmet.

The other local injury accident happened around 3:50 p.m. at N.W. 62nd and Button north of the city.

Cpl. Justin Roberts, with the sheriff’s office, said the accident sent one man to a local hospital via American Medical Response ambulance with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The bike the man was riding was behind a car going west on 62nd when the car slowed to turn south on Button. The motorcycle’s brakes locked up, and the man was forced to turn the bike on its side.

The man wasn’t wearing his helmet. Initial reports said he was knocked unconscious, but the man was conscious when first responders arrived.

“As the weather warms up,” Roberts said, “we see an increased of accidents with motorcycles because there’s more of them on the road because it’s nice, and they’re out driving around.”

Outside the county, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported five injury accidents Sunday on Kansas highways, and four of them involved motorcycles. Additionally, there was one other motorcycle injury accident Saturday in the state.

One of those Sunday involved 58-year-old Terry E. McCart, of Carbondale.

McCart was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center with unknown injuries after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 11 a.m. in south central Kansas on K-177 highway 10 miles north Cassoday in Chase County.

McCart was traveling south on K-177 around a curve when the bike he was driving continued straight and hit an embankment.

Kansas Highway Patrol said he wasn’t using a safety restraint.

The other four injury motorcycle accidents reported in the state were in Wyandotte, Harvey, Butler and Scott counties. Two of those injured had safety restraints, and two didn’t.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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