Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Two Leitchfield residents were injured in a motorcycle crash on William Thomason Byway on Wednesday afternoon, April 18.

At approximately 2:34 p.m. on Wednesday, the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD), Leitchfield Fire Department, and Grayson County EMS responded to the intersection of William Thomason Byway (the bypass) and Halee Lane, near the rear entrance to Walmart, on a reported motorcycle crash with injuries.

According to the accident report filed by LPD Sergeant Robert Jackson, leading up to the crash, a 2006 Yamaha XV1900 motorcycle, operated by 65-year-old Terry Ward, of Leitchfield, was travelling north on the bypass in a staggered motorcycle formation in which the motorcycle he was driving was in the third position.

As the formation of motorcycles approached the rear entrance to Walmart, a vehicle in front of them, without warning or turn signal, came to an abrupt stop at the entrance in order to make a left turn, the report states.

Ward told police that the first two motorcycles leading the formation were able to maneuver around to the right of the vehicle, and he did as well, but as he cleared, he was sideswiped by a 1997 Honda VF750, operated by 45-year-old William Evans, of Leitchfield, whom was behind him, the report reads.

Evans told police that the vehicle that came to an abrupt stop caused him to slam on his brakes, at which time he attempted to swerve to the right but struck the Yamaha, causing both motorcycles to leave the roadway, the report states.

The initial impact sent both sent the Yamaha and Honda off the right shoulder of the road, ejecting both drivers from their motorcycles, Jackson writes.

Ward was transported from the scene by Grayson County EMS to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for a possible wrist and shoulder injury, according to Jackson.

Evans suffered facial lacerations and a possible head injury, the report states, but he refused both treatment and transport.

The Yamaha was towed from the scene by private means; however, neither motorcycle was disabled as a result of the crash.