(Velpen,Indiana) — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a motorcycle accident with injuries that occurred around 8:00 p.m. Monday night on State Road 257, in Velpen.
According to investigators, 27 year-old Robert N. Williams, of Milltown in Crawford County, was test driving a motorcycle, a type commonly called a “crotch rocket”, following some maintenance to the vehicle he had attempted.
According to Williams, the throttle stuck at a high rate of speed as he approached a railroad track crossing. As the vehicle crossed the tracks, Williams lost control of the motorcycle, ran through a roadway ditch, and struck a bob wire fence causing severe neck injuries.
Nearby witnesses called 911 at 8:14 p.m. after assisting Williams with his injuries, the witnesses then drove Williams approximately 8 miles west on State Road 64 to Arthur Junction to an ambulance that was waiting at that location. Williams was then airlifted by AirEvac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he remains in the critical care unit at this time.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Williams was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The accident is still under investigation.