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One injured in wreck involving motorcycle in Cary

Posted May 20, 2010
Updated May 25, 2010

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— A wreck involving a motorcycle and two cars occurred Thursday afternoon along North Carolina Highway 55 in Cary.

According to town officials, the wreck happened when a car failed to stop at a red light near High House Road just before 6:30 p.m. The car ran into a motorcyclist, who was stopped at the light, and pushed it into the car in front of it.

The motorcyclist was taken to Duke Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

One lane of N.C. Highway 55 south was blocked while the wreck was being cleared.

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  • Voodoo May 24, 2010

    Deathrow - Call the sedan what it is a Climate controlled CAGE. I hate to tell you but the Motorcyclist probably still would have sustained injuries to his neck, knees, arms, and face since the negligent driver behind him hit hard enough to land on top of the bike and still hit another CAGE. another interesting fact about the article is how poor the grammar is by a so-called college graduate in journalism

  • horns2004 May 21, 2010

    Very interesting account by town officials.

    I happened to be one of the first cars on ths scene traveling eastbound (not south, it runs E and W) on Hwy 55 and was stopped while the motorcyclist laid on the ground and waited for help to arrive. The wreck occurred some 100+ yards in advance of the intersection of 55 and High House. In fact there was no stop light around.

    Very odd that it would be reported this way.

  • has had enough May 21, 2010

    Burnspot - "A motorcyclists' only defense in this situation is to have an escape route planned...position your bike far enough away from the car in front to allow a quick "squirt" to one side or the other (also determine which side would be better) in case the bumper in the mirrors gets too big too fast...and don't relax and put it in neutral until you're sure the car behind has stopped."

    We saw this wreck. It was waaaayy back from the light as the tons of southbound traffic backed up from the light. Same through there everyday... The light changed, traffic stopped, backed up, the bike stopped, the next car didn't. Hit the bike so hard it ended up under the car and the car then hit the next car up. Basically going right through the bike.

    I ride, and what Burnspot said above is what I was thinking. After seeing the accident I was trying to think what could the biker (or I) have done differently. The only thing I came up with was leaving space and being ready to move. Still not sure a

  • Burnspot May 21, 2010

    "Motorcycles are dangerous even if you are very safe. This guy probably wouldn't have been hurt at all if he was in a sedan."

    Perhaps, but then again, pretty much everything on the road is "dangerous" these days with cell phones, text messages, etc. distracting drivers. It seems to be more important to arrive at point B 1 minute earlier or to be ear to speaker for the entire drive than to slow down and pay attention to the drive getting there.

    A motorcyclists' only defense in this situation is to have an escape route planned...position your bike far enough away from the car in front to allow a quick "squirt" to one side or the other (also determine which side would be better) in case the bumper in the mirrors gets too big too fast...and don't relax and put it in neutral until you're sure the car behind has stopped.

  • justjean May 21, 2010

    My father got hit by a car when he was crossing the street and the woman who hit him said.."I didn't hit him, the car did."

  • Dirty_Water May 21, 2010

    Loud pipes save lives, except when you're stopped at a stoplight. It wasn't the motorcycle that caused the danger, methinks, it was those darned stoplights. If we did away with stoplights, just think... no cameras handing out tickets, no tickets for running "red lights", and we could all just get along. 'Scuse me while I go change my voter registration to Democrat.

  • brassy May 21, 2010

    I've never understood how a motorist can fail to see a bright neon green sport bike or a massive growling Harley. You never hear people saying "oops I didn't see the pedestrian!"

  • justjean May 21, 2010

    Yep motorcycles are dangerous...and so are bathtubs, and roller skates, and bicycles, and cell phones, and dogs, and snakes, and bears, and big rigs, and airplanes, and boats, etc. So we should pad our houses and stay locked inside because life is dangerous...Stupid.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy May 21, 2010

    or if there were no cell phones.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 21, 2010

    Motorcycles are dangerous even if you are very safe. This guy probably wouldn't have been hurt at all if he was in a sedan.

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