Motorcyclist airlifted after Interstate 94 crash

2013-08-24T21:30:00Z 2013-08-26T13:38:04Z Motorcyclist airlifted after Interstate 94 crashJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

MICHIGAN CITY | A motorcyclist who was headed west on Interstate 94 near Michigan City crashed and suffered serious injuries.

The crash took place near Mile Marker 34 about 8 p.m. Saturday, Indiana State Police Cpl. William Jones said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, had to be airlifted to a hospital. His injuries were potentially life-threatening, Jones said.

"He was breathing and coherent, but he was banged up pretty good," Jones said.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the man to lose control of his motorcycle.

Speed was believed to be a factor, Jones said.

The drivers who first reported the crash saw the motorcyclist lying on the highway.

Police shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 in Laporte County late Saturday night to reconstruct the crash, Jones said. The eastbound lanes also were briefly closed so the medevac helicopter could land.

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