Two people were injured in a crash involving a motorcycle on Interstate 65 in Nashville Monday morning.
The wreck was reported around 10:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 just past the Fern Avenue overpass and south of Trinity Lane.
Police on the scene said a male motorcyclist with a female passenger crashed after striking the back of a semi-truck car hauler. The impact caused the driver to lose control, hit an orange construction barrel and crash on the shoulder of the highway.
The riders were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The crash adds to the growing list of accidents involving motorcycles so far in 2012.
“So far this year on Tennessee roadways we have had 42 motorcycle fatalities. That is up seven from the same time last year,” Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Deanna Lambert told Nashville's News 2.
She says there has also been an increase in the number of accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs this year.
For the last two months, TDOT has been displaying the number of motorists killed on their overhead message boards so far in 2012. The number is 40% more than midday through 2011.
“We are putting these signs right out there, in front of drivers' eyes so that really, hopefully it will hit home,” Lambert explained.
She continued, “We want these overhead message signs to be a reminder to people and make responsible choices, so make sure you have a designated driver, make sure you buckle up and don't text and drive.”
TDOT will continue posting the daily fatality report numbers throughout the summer.
“This is something TDOT and the commissioner felt strongly about, putting these numbers right out there for drivers so that they can think about it throughout their day so that prevents them from texting and driving,” Lambert said.
Following Monday's wreck, southbound traffic on I-65 was partially blocked for about 60 minutes.
No other vehicles were involved.
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