The Times West Virginian

June 21, 2013

Bike accident sends Michigan couple to hospital

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

MANNINGTON — A Michigan couple were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital following a single-motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon on U.S. Route 250 between Mannington and Metz.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident, said Deputy Justin Kellar.

“I don’t think speed was a factor. He was probably not paying attention and dropped off the road.

“He was conscious when they left.”

According to Larry Smith of the Mannington Volunteer Fire Department, the couple was coming around a curve when the driver lost control of the purple Harley-Davidson and slid off the road.

“They slid off the road for about 50-60 feet and ended up in a puddle,” he said.

The accident at first was toned as a vehicle versus motorcycle.

“But it came across wrong,” Smith said.

“The driver lost control of the bike, came off the road and started sliding.”

They were headed south toward Mannington and Fairmont, he added.

Names and injuries were not available, he said.

“They were a married couple from Michigan probably in their early 50s,” he said.


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