RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- At around 11:35 m today, troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to a crash on northbound US 395 near the Lemmon Drive interchange involving a motorcyclist who was seriously injured. NHP says three bales of hay separated from a load of hay being transported on a white 1997 Dodge 3500 one-ton flatbed truck. The driver of the truck, 33-year-old David P Atherton of Reno, saw the three bales of hay separate from his load and he immediately slowed and parked on the right paved shoulder. He told troopers at the scene he was walking back to retrieve the hay when he saw a motorcycle and rider sliding on the asphalt.
Brian Taylor, 50, of Reno was riding his red and white 1997 Honda Valkyrie F6 motorcycle northbound when he tried to avoid the displaced hay. He hit one the bales and slid more than 200 feet on the asphalt surface. He sustained serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries and was airlifted by Care Flight from the scene and flown to Renown Regional Medical Center.
The accident scene initially had both northbound lanes of the highway blocked to park emergency vehicles and to briefly stage the helicopter. Troopers were able to open the right travel lane shortly after 12:00 pm and the entire roadway was re-opened at around 12:45 pm.
Trooper John Protain is investigating this crash. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact him via the Department of Public Safety-Communications Center at (775) 687-0400 regarding case number NHP-130900413.