TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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One Injured in a Two Vehicle Collision on US 41
Date of News Release: 05/06/2010
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- On Thursday, May 06, 2010 at approximately 8:55 a.m., Joe Thompson, age 77 of Hanson, KY, was operating a 2008 Toyota Camry northbound on US 41. He was attempting to make a left turn into his driveway. Dennis Shanks, age 50 of Sebree, KY, was operating a 2009 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle northbound behind Mr. Thompson's vehicle. As Mr. Thompson's vehicle slowed, Mr. Shanks locked up the rear tire on his motorcycle causing him to lose control of the bike. The front tire of Mr. Shank's motorcycle then struck the left, rear bumper of Mr. Thompson's vehicle causing the motorcycle to overturn onto its left side. Mr. Shanks, who was not wearing a helmet, was partially ejected from his motorcycle. Mr. Shanks was treated at the scene for injuries sustained as a result of the collision and was flown by PHI Air Medical to the Vanderbilt Medical Center for further treatment. Mr. Thompson, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. Trooper Ben Sawyer investigated the crash. Medical Center Ambulance Service and PHI Air Medical assisted at the scene.