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OGILVILLE — A Franklin motorcycle rider died Friday after colliding head-on with a beer truck on State Road 58, just south of Ogilville.
Robert A. Schindler, 56, suffered injuries to his chest and upper extremities, police said. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Schindler was riding a 1250cc Harley-Davidson north on the southern Bartholomew County highway when the crash occurred in front of Meyer Grocery about 10:48 a.m., according to police.
Raymond Hulse, 62, of Columbus, was driving the southbound truck, which is owned by Bartholomew County Beverage Co. He was attempting to make a left-hand turn into the store's parking at the time of the accident, police said.
The motorcycle collided with the driver's side bumper and fender area of the truck.
"Our preliminary investigation indicates the truck driver may not have seen the motorcycle until it was too late," said Sgt. Dean Johnson of the Bartholomew County Sheriffs Department.
Johnson said Hulse did not appear to be injured and was walking when the first emergency units arrived at the crash site.
Schindler was flown by helicopter to Columbus Regional. Because of heavy foliage and several nearby utility lines at the scene of the accident, the motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to the nearby Southwest Fire Department station, where there was ample room to land the helicopter.
The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff's department with assistance from the Indiana State Police.
Johnson was assisted by Bartholomew County Sheriff's Sgt. T.A. Smith, Indiana State Police Trooper Tommy Walker, Columbus Regional emergency medical services and Southwest Volunteer Fire Department.
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