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Two motorcyclists from local area injured in separate Wednesday wrecks
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 26, 2010) — Two separate motorcycle wrecks injured two area residents Wednesday, one of them seriously, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

The worst of the two wrecks happened near Laquey at 6 p.m. on Route AB at the junction of Spring Road when a northbound 2009 Mazda 3I driven by Phileta M. Rio, 59, of Richland, pulled onto Route AB into the path of an eastbound 2007 Buell Firebolt motorcycle ridden by Bracken M. Bench, 27, of St. Robert. The motorcycle hit the driver’s side of the Mazda, throwing Bench from the motorcycle.

Bench, who had been wearing his helmet, suffered serious injuries and was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon by Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics. Rio, who had been wearing her seat belt, was not hurt in the crash.

Bench’s motorcycle was totaled and removed by a family member. Rio’s Mazda was extensively damaged and removed by Rothmund’s Towing.

Hazelgreen firefighters also assisted at the crash scene.

Troopers reported that Nicholas A. Long, 23, of Crocker, had been riding his 2004 Honda Shadow eastbound on Route P in Phelps County about 3.5 miles west of Route T when he attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway at 1:15 p.m., crossed the center line and overturned.

Long, who had been wearing his helmet, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. His motorcycle sustained only minor damage and was driven from the scene.

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