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Motorcyclist airlifted after Friday night crash on Highway 7 south of Richland
Motorcyclist airlifted after Friday night crash on Highway 7 south of Richland

Friends of Earl Shipman help remove his motorcycle following a Friday evening crash south of Richland.
RICHLAND, Mo. (Aug. 21, 2009) — A motorcyclist has been airlifted to Springfield with serious injuries after a crash one mile south of Richland that totaled his motorcycle and left him laying on Highway 7 with serious injuries.

A resident on the 22000 block of Highway 7 called 911 dispatchers shortly before 8 p.m. to report the crash in front of her home. A Richland city policeman found Earl C. Shipman, 53, of Linn Creek, in the roadway and stopped traffic until Tri-County firefighters and Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics could arrive. Ambulance and fire personnel transported Shipman to the Richland helipad, where he was subsequently airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

According to Trooper J. Wesley Collins of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Shipman’s 2007 Harley Davidson Crossbones motorcycle was collected by three friends with whom Shipman had been riding and taken to Camdenton. Collins said Shipman was riding behind the three friends; neither they nor the resident of the home saw the crash and no one else is sure what happened.

“From what I can determine, he lost control while travelling northbound, crossed the center line, and was ejected from his bike; the motorcycle skidded across the left side of the roadway into the ditch,” Collins said. “Shipman skidded approximately 30 feet where he came to rest about 20 feet from where the motorcycle landed.”

Shipman had been wearing his helmet, Collins said.

It’s not clear what caused the Friday evening crash and there’s no indication any other vehicle was involved, Collins said.

“The Highway Patrol always says, ‘Please watch out for motorcyclists,’ and also motorcyclists need to watch out and be aware of their surroundings,” Collins said.

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