PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2015) – A blown tire caused an interstate crash in Putnam County Thursday morning, sending one person to the hospital.
Indiana State Police and Putnam County emergency responders were called to the scene of the crash along I-70 near mile marker 37.5 before 8:20 a.m.
Investigators said a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle was going eastbound on the interstate when the driver lost control, crashed to the pavement and skidded about 250 feet.
A witness reported seeing smoke coming from the motorcycle while it wove erratically. Further investigation showed the bike had a fully deflated and badly damaged rear tire.
The motorcyclist, identified as 58-year-old Anthony Tingley of Terre Haute, suffered cuts to his face and possible internal injuries, police said. He was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
State police said Tingley was wearing a helmet, which likely reduced the scope of his injuries and may have also saved his life.