MADISON, Ind. - Four participants were involved in a crash during the Annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride in Madison on Friday.
Gov. Mike Pence joined approximately 500 members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other Indiana motorcyclists for the 141-mile ride with stops in Columbus, Seymour and Madison.
The crash happened before the final stop in Madison, but officials said Pence was not involved in the crash.
Indiana State Police Captain David Bursten says troopers investigated the accident on Indiana 356 east of Lexington, Indiana. He says four riders were involved and three were injured.
Police said the first driver ran off the road and crashed. The second driver also ran off the road, crashing due to locking up his brakes after the first driver crashed. A third driver ran off the road, saying he was not trying to avoid the other drivers, but trying to make a turn. The fourth driver hit the motorcycle of the second driver which was partially in the roadway after it crashed.
Two of the drivers were flown to the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky and the third driver was taken by ambulance.
"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," Pence said.
The ride, which was free to all participants, helped bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises funds for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard members and their families.