Man taken to hospital after motorcycle, car collide downtown

2014-07-15T11:46:00Z 2014-07-15T21:17:06Z Man taken to hospital after motorcycle, car collide downtownGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
July 15, 2014 11:46 am  • 

A motorcyclist was taken to a Billings hospital after being injured in a crash with a passenger car on Montana Avenue and First Street West late Tuesday morning. 

The crash was reported at about 11:15 a.m., according to Billings Police Sgt. Jay Berry.

People who witnessed the crash reported that the man appeared unable to slow down, and tried to avoid hitting a yellow Ford Mustang by swerving around it, Berry said.

He hit the vehicle's right rear bumper, which caused him to lay the bike down.

Westbound traffic was limited for about 15 minutes as the driver was examined by emergency medical technicians and Billings firefighters.

The man sustained abrasions from the slide, but was conscious and talking to first responders when he was taken to a local hospital, Berry said.

Witnesses said that he was wearing a helmet. 

Whether the man will be cited has not been determined pending interviews to ascertain whether the crash was caused by driver error or equipment failure. 

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