Two Thurston County motorcyclists were seriously injured in separate crashes 5 minutes and about 3 miles apart late Wednesday.
About 9:40 p.m., a 23-year-old Lacey man was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he collided with an SUV on Ruddell Road at Koala Street Southeast, a Lacey police sergeant said Thursday.
The motorcyclist was southbound on Ruddell Road when the male driver of the SUV was turning left onto Ruddell Road from Koala Street to head north. That’s when the crash occurred, Sgt. Jaime Newcomb said.
A second motorcyclist at the scene was not involved in the crash, Newcomb said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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At 9:45 p.m., a 25-year-old Olympia motorcyclist was flown to Harborview after his bike crashed into a Ford Mustang 3 miles east of Lacey, according to the Washington State Patrol.
That man was in serious condition Thursday and in intensive care at Harborview, a spokeswoman said.
A 32-year-old Lacey man in his 1997 Ford Mustang left a gas station and entered westbound state Route 510, just west of Rockcress Drive. The Olympia motorcyclist, also westbound on his 2006 Harley-Davidson, allegedly crashed into the Lacey man’s car. The motorcycle landed on the eastbound right shoulder of the road, while the Ford Mustang came to rest on the westbound right shoulder, according to the state patrol.
The eastbound lane of state Route 510 was partially blocked for 90 minutes.
That crash also is under investigation.