This was on LD Rider, I eduted out the parts regarding SPOT Messenger
semi re-tread MC accident in TN
Sunday morning, I was headed back from NC. I was in TN on US-75, just
South of the I-40 intersection. Three vehicles ahead of me was a GW1800 (we areall in the left inside lane). A semi ahead of the GW1800 threw a tire
re-tread into the air, striking the Gold Wing. The driver lost control of
the Gold Wing, tumbling sideways into the center median. The passenger
wasthrown over the driver, landing on her head. She then rolled off into the
I activated 911 on my SPoT before I even got stopped completely.
Several other motorists were to the two downed riders before I reached
The male driver was dazed, but in good general condition. I stopped an
individual who was trying to unbuckle the female passenger's half helmet
strap. I gave the female quick trauma assessment, and secured her helmet
with my right hand to prevent any movement. she kept raising her hands,
so I ended up holding her left hand so that her shoulders wouldn't move. I had the husband hold her right hand while talking to her, to keep her awake.
Two sheriff's deputies arrived within six minutes, having to run code
Northbound in the Southbound lanes of US-75. I advised the first deputy of the head trauma, and had him request an air ambulance to our location. I did this, as we were 30 miles away from the nearest level 1 trauma center (UT Knoxville medical center).
Within a couple more minutes another deputy and TN state trooper arrived.
After about ten minutes, a rural EMS ambulance arrived, along with two
volunteer firefighters in their POVs.
Some of the tire tread debris:
Traffic backed up for miles:
The passenger was able to stay awake until the ambulance arrived. She was easy to get onto the backboard, after checking the spine for any
exterior spinal injuries. The driver was a big boy, taking eight of us to get him onto the backboard. The ambulance crew stood down the air ambulance, deciding to transport both themselves.
This would most likely have been a fatality accident if the passenger
hadn't been wearing her helmet. She was also very fortunate to not have any facial/chin injuries from the half helmet. The only wear marks were on
the very top of the helmet, with a slight concave into the foam.
Last fall r on one ride l I had three truck tires either fly at me or be on the road and get popped at me by other cars.
When I see a rider following a truck closely on the interstate I just shudder. THe unwinding of tire retreads ( Road Gators) will kill us in a second. Interestingly that female passenger seems to have been in the perfect crash for a beanie helmet. So finally there was one