Local News

September 23, 2012

Life Force called out for second serious motorcycle wreck in two days

A motorcycle driver was seriously injured Saturday around 2:30 p.m. when he was struck by an SUV near Big D’s Flea Market.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Kenny Moss said the wreck is still under investigation and he didn’t immediately have details on what happened. It is the second serious motorcycle wreck in Whitfield County in two days.

Moss said the motorcycle on Saturday collided with the silver SUV on Maple Grove Road, which is off of Cleveland Highway.

The names of the people involved weren’t immediately available, but Moss said the driver of the SUV and a child riding in the vehicle were injured. Witnesses said the motorcycle driver sustained a severe leg injury. He was taken by Life Force helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

The front bumper of the SUV was torn off and the motorcycle was crushed in the collision.

Debbie Aiken of Jasper said she heard the crash while she was at the flea market but didn’t see it happen.

“It was loud,” she said. “It really sounded like two cars hitting head-on.”

Dalton Police Officer Steve Zahn said officials are still investigating a crash between a motorcycle and a van that occurred Friday around 7:40 p.m. at Glenwood Avenue and Hawthorne Street.

Jacob Meyer, 24, of Dalton, was in critical condition at Erlanger on Saturday after the crash.

In that wreck, a van driven by Micah Ingram, 27, of Chatsworth, tried to make a left turn from Glenwood onto Hawthorne and was struck in the passenger side by a motorcycle driven by Meyer, Zahn said.

Zahn said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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