Marion man airlifted after motorcycle crash

Trooper C. Hallyburton investigates the scene of a Wednesday afternoon motorcycle crash on Interstate 40 that caused a man to be airlifted to a hospital.

A Marion man had to be airlifted to an area hospital after a Wednesday afternoon motorcycle crash on Interstate 40 in Burke County, according to reports.

Robert Alan Wells, 55, of Marion, told troopers he had just got on the interstate westbound at Exit 94 before the crash, but he couldn’t remember what happened to cause the wreck, said Trooper C. Hallyburton with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Wells was ejected from his bike, landing in the eastbound lanes of the interstate about 53 feet from the point of ejection, Hallyburton said. He had significant left leg trauma and fractures to both arms.

Wells was taken to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton and later was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, Hallyburton said.

There was no evidence that any other vehicles were involved in the crash, Hallyburton said.

Nebo and West End fire departments responded along with Burke REACT, Burke EMS and NCSHP.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

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