Crash Investigation Ongoing
Police say two people on a motorcycle traveled eastbound on U.S. Highway 10 at around 1:00 p.m. local time when the accident occurred. A car traveling west on Highway 10 crossed the center line and crashed head-on with the motorcycle.
Both riders were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries, according to the Stevens Point Journal. The driver of the car received an airlift to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash occurred a few miles west of Neillsville, reports the Stevens Point Journal. Officials closed all lanes of Highway 10 as they investigated the incident. The investigation is still ongoing, and the identities of the deceased motorcyclists have not been released.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a total of 4,295 motorcyclists died in traffic crashes in 2014. Here are additional statistics regarding motorcycle crashes in 2014:
- Per mile traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles is 27 times higher than the number in cars.
- Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- Fifty-eight percent of motorcyclist deaths occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
- Fifty-two percent of motorcyclist deaths occurred on weekends.