Motorcyclists injured in Fourth of July accident

Two motorcyclists sustained serious injuries in an accident just outside Vashon town on the Fourth of July. Their current condition is not known.

At about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, a motorcycle collided with another motorcycle at the intersection of S.W. Bank Road and 107th Avenue S.W., said Sgt. Cindi West, a spokesperson for the King County Sheriff's Office.

West said one rider, a 38-year-old man from Vashon, was stopped at the intersection and was pointed southbound on 107th Ave. when he was struck from behind by another motorcycle traveling at a high speed.

Both men were thrown across the intersection, West said. The Vashon man was transported via ferry to Harborview for his injuries. The other rider was unconscious after the accident, had to be intubated and was airlifted to the hospital.

Some witnesses to the accident said the stopped motorcycle's lights were not on when it was hit, West said, and the sheriff's office is investigating the accident.

Capt. Josh Dueweke of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue said the motorcycle accident was the only serious incident on the Fourth.

No one on Vashon was injured by fireworks, but the department did respond to more brush fires caused by fireworks that usual. He said. The largest ones were on the south end and under one of the cell towers at KVI beach.

“We've had pretty laid back Fourth of Julys, and yesterday made up for the laid back ones,” Dueweke said.





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