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September 16, 2002

One injured in motorcycle-semi collision

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A motorcycle rider was injured after slamming into a turning tractor-trailer today (Monday, 9/16) at the intersection of State Street and Gates Road.

Ryan D. Hill, 19, 3710 Moss Hill Road, West Lafayette, was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital by the Tippecanoe County Emergency Ambulance Service after being freed from under the truck by Purdue rescue personnel.

The extent of Hill's injuries were not known and his condition was not immediately available.

The accident took place at about 3:23 p.m. when Hill's 1998 Honda motorcycle passed a truck and two cars on the right side while heading east on State Street, said Ron Fosnaugh, Purdue police captain of special services. The motorcycle then struck a 1996 Mack semi, driven by Texas K. Boles, 31, Lafayette, as it turned right onto Gates Road. Hill and the motorcycle were pinned under the semi and were drug approximately 16 feet before the truck stopped, police said.

Witnesses told police Hill was not wearing a helmet.

Fosnaugh said Hill was driving the motorcycle on a learner's permit .

Writer: Grant Flora, (765) 494-2073,

Source: Ron Fosnaugh, (765) 494-8221,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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