Two Frankfort residents are recovering after they were thrown from a motorcycle this weekend as they were exiting Interstate 64.
Thomas J. McCoy and passenger Tresina B. Dale, of 1215 Equestrian Way, were taking the eastbound ramp off I-64 at exit 48 around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when McCoy “overshot the exit,” according to a news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
“For whatever reason, they lost control on the ramp and went down over and into a bank of cedar trees, which probably helped them,” Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal Tuesday morning,
Both were thrown from the motorcycle. McCoy wasn’t wearing a helmet, and responding officers found him lying beside the bike and being cared for by bystanders, the release says.
McCoy was airlifted by Air Methods helicopter to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center with unknown injuries. Both eastbound lanes of I-64 were shut down for about 15 minutes so the helicopter could land, Melton said.
Dale told responding officers she was wearing a helmet. She was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
Dale has since been released, and McCoy remains at UK Chandler Medical Center in the clinical decision unit for observation.