A serious Nashville motorcycle accident occurred yesterday. Witnesses say that the crash involved several cars, motorcycles and a pedestrian on Dickerson Road. Emergency crews and police responded to the scene and at least two people were sent to area hospitals.
Witnesses say that a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into another car. This crashed caused a chain reaction and the struck car slammed into a motorcycle. One of the drivers exited his car and was then hit by a van.
"He went 15, 16 feet in the air," a witness said of the driver who was struck outside of his car. The witness also said that the driver landed on his hand and then landed on his head.
"You can still see the blood on the street where he landed," the witness said.
This is the second serious accident involving a motorcycle to happen in the past two weeks. A motorcyclist was killed on July 31 in Nashville by the I-24/I-65 split. The 53-year-old motorcyclist drifted off of Interstate 65 and hit a roadway sign. He was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. It is unclear whether the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The motorcycle accident shut down Interstate 65 for several hours as emergency responders and then clean-up crews worked to process the scene and remove the wreckage.
Toxicology tests were ordered to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved in that accident. Authorities say that a small amount of marijuana was found on the person of the deceased motorcyclist. No other injuries were reported in connection with this crash.
Source: News Channel 5, "Serious Crash Involving Car, Motorcycle, Pedestrian," Aug. 10, 2011; "Toxicology Tests To Be Done After Deadly Motorcycle Crash," Aug. 1, 2011