A Corryton man reportedly responsible for a two-motorcycle crash on the portion of Calderwood Highway known as “The Dragon” was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday afternoon, while the other rider involved went to the hospital by ambulance.
Michael L. Bailey, 59, was airlifted by Lifestar helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where hospital staff did not immediately provide his condition.
The other motorcycle rider, Kenneth D. Mathis, 50, Spring Grove, Ill., was taken by ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, hospital staff said.
Bailey was riding a Honda motorcycle north on the Dragon near Housely Drive at around 2:10 p.m. when he looked over at the front wheel of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling south on The Dragon, according to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office report.
Bailey ended up traveling into the southbound lane and colliding with the front of Mathis’ Harley-Davidson, the report said.
The collision sent both riders flying over the handlebars of their motorcycles.
Bailey flipped “end over end” and landed on the left side of the road with his right leg bent back underneath his body, the report said.
Mathis landed in the road, but got up and walked to the side before sitting down.
Deputies said Bailey admitted the crash was his fault. Four witnesses confirmed this, according to the report.
No citations were issued. Deputies do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Both riders were wearing state Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmets.