Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 17, 2013

Rider injures leg when truck, motorcycle collide

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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A McDowell County man was airlifted from the National Guard Armory parking lot in Brushfork Friday afternoon after suffering a severe leg injury and possibly more in a pickup truck-versus-motorcycle wreck on U.S. Route 52.

John L. Perdue, 55, of Welch was riding his late model Harley-Davidson “Fatboy” motorcycle south on U.S. Route 52 at about 12:30 p.m., when a pickup truck operated by Douglas Tilley, 74, of Brushfork pulled onto U.S. 52, from Old Bramwell Road, headed north on Rt. 52, in the direction of Littlesburg Road. The Tilley truck, a K-3500 Chevrolet quad-cab with dual real wheels, was pulling a utility trailer.

“Mr. Perdue was airlifted to Charleston on a Healthnet helicopter,” Deputy E.P. Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said. “I saw him at the scene long enough to learn that his leg was severely injured, but I didn’t speak with him to find out what happened.”

Detective Cpl. S.A. Sommers, also of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department assisted Parks at the scene. He measured Perdue’s skid marks on the road at a little more than 168 feet.

“The motorcycle skid marks start in the middle of the southbound lane, but end in the middle lines where the motorcycle struck the left front end of the utility trailer,” Parks said. “At this point, all I can say is that it is still under investigation.”

The Bluefield Rescue Squad responded and transported Perdue to the armory parking lot. The Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department assisted with traffic control at the crash site and assisted firefighters from the Montcalm and Bramwell volunteer fire departments in setting up the landing zone for Healthnet.

U.S. Route 52 was blocked in both directions for more than 45 minutes as paramedics prepared the victim for transport, deputies investigated the crash, and firefighters worked to clear the scene.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com