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Motorcycle rider airlifted from scene of Liberty crash / June 01, 2020
A motorcycle operator was airlifted from the scene Saturday afternoon on Lower Liberty Road after his bike crashed into a pickup truck and caught on fire.

Although a State Police report was not available at press time, Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Terry Hudson said the man was flown to Duke Medical Center for emergency treatment. Hudson said he did not have any information on the man’s condition.

Upon striking the front of the pickup truck, the motorcycle caught on fire and the flames spread to the rider. Liberty firefighters acted quickly to smother the fire that ignited the man’s clothing. Hudson said it appeared the motorcycle operator suffered burns over roughly half of his body.

The crash happened near the home of a Liberty VFD member, which sped the response by the department.

Hudson said that from surveying the scene, including marks in the road, it was evident the motorcycle had come around a curve in the wrong lane and struck the approaching pickup truck, an early 2000 model Chevy Silverado. The front driver’s side of the truck was bashed in from the impact. The driver of the pickup was unhurt, said Hudson.

The motorcycle was a total loss.

The Liberty VFD was the primary responder, bringing three units and 10 members. Liberty firefighters were assisted by EMS personnel from the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, which brought one unit to the scene. Other than the damage to both vehicles — the truck also was totaled, said Hudson — there was no impact on surrounding property.

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