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Motorcyclists injured when bale of hay strikes driver


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An Indianapolis couple were seriously injured late Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle on which they were riding went off State Road 46 after the motorcycle driver was struck in the head by an errant bale of hay from a passing truck. William Eland III of Indianapolis was transported by LifeLine to IU Health Methodist Hospital. His wife, Lindsay Eland, was initially taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, then transferred to Methodist Hospital. He was listed Sunday evening in critical condition, and his wife in fair condition.

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An Indianapolis couple were seriously injured late Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle on which they were riding went off State Road 46 after the motorcycle driver was struck in the head by an errant bale of hay from a passing truck. William Eland III of Indianapolis was transported by LifeLine to IU Health Methodist Hospital. His wife, Lindsay Eland, was initially taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, then transferred to Methodist Hospital. He was listed Sunday evening in critical condition, and his wife in fair condition. Credit: Photo submitted by Scott Keen


The driver of a westbound motorcycle on State Road 46 was struck in the head by an errant bale of hay, sending the motorcycle off the road and resulting in serious injuries to both the driver and his passenger, police said Sunday.

William Eland III, 38, and Lindsay Eland, 32, a married couple from Indianapolis, were hospitalized after the 5:18 p.m. Saturday accident, which occurred in the vicinity of County Road 675W in western Bartholomew County.

Witnesses at the scene told police that the eastbound truck on State Road 46 was pulling a 16-foot trailer trailer, carrying several square bales of hay. Witnesses observed one bale fly off the trailer, striking William Eland, who was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson, said Major Todd Noblitt, chief deputy of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department. The motorcycle then careened off the north side of the road, coming to a stop after striking a fence, witnesses told police.

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