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3 hurt in Pence's motorcycle safety awareness ride
Courier Staff Report
Saturday, July 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Gov. Mike Pence gives a thumbs-up to the crowd as he cruises down Vaughn Drive with other motorcycle riders in the annual ABATE of Indiana Ride With the Governor on Friday. Back in the caravan, three riders were injured when their motorcycles collided near Lexington. Pence was not aware of the accident until he was informed by an aide. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
Three motorcyclists were injured in Lexington Friday during the governor's annual motorcycle ride - an event that promotes motorcycle safety and awareness.
The accident occurred at State Road 356 and South Concord Road around 3:30 p.m, just 30 minutes before the 140-mile trip reached Madison.
The ride began at the Statehouse at 10 a.m. and included stops in Columbus and Seymour before ending in Madison.
Three of the four riders involved in the accident were injured. Two were flown to a hospital in Louisville. The names of the injured riders were not released.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was not involved and arrived safely in downtown Madison at 4 p.m.
About 500 riders participated in the Bikers Aimed Toward Education event, which raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist soldiers and their families.
Pence said in a statement: "I was saddened to learn that there was a crash involving several riders in today's ride. Our prayers are with those who were involved in the crash and with the first responders who are attending to them. We are grateful to these Hoosiers and to all who participated in the Governor's Annual Motorcycle Ride in support of our National Guard families."
The Indiana State Police are investigating the crash.
PHOTOS: ABATE of Indiana Ride with the Governor
Regarding the article entitled "3 hurt in Pence's motorcycle safety awareness ride":
Perhaps we all would have been better off if Governor Pence had offered prayers first for motorcycle safety, and then forgone the idea of the ride itself. Do we really need to pass 500 motorcyclists through an intersection on a two-lane road with blind curves on IN 356, an intersection that is widely known to be dangerous when only two cars are present? With this as with all road safety situations, safety starts with using common sense.
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