Portland Man Killed In I65 Motorcycle Wreck Wednesday
PORTLAND TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A motorcyclist was killed in an accident that occurred on I65 South near mile marker 112 between Cross Plains and Portland around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. (Location of wreck)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. According to the THP, Leo R Hamilton, 72, from Portland, was traveling southbound in the left lane when he merged into the right lane and applied his brakes.
Tire tracks were made in the center of the right lane, shortly after, the motorcycle, a 2005 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, was laid down leaving scratches on the roadway. The motorcycle collided with the guard rail on the right shoulder according to a THP report obtained by Smokey Barn News.
Hamilton came to rest against the guard rail 50 feet from the motorcycle, the report said. CPR was attempted by a passerby until EMA personnel arrived.
EMS pronounced Hamilton deceased on scene.
Other sources have told Smokey Barn News that initially it was thought that another vehicle was involved however later it was determined that the motorcycle struck the guardrail and no other vehicle was involved.
I65 South was reduced to one lane but never completely closed during the investigation, according to Robertson County Emergency Management Director R.L Douglas. Southbound traffic was backed up for miles after the wreck, largely due to a ball game in Nashville this evening, Douglas said. The scene was completely cleared by 2:30pm according to Cross Plains Fire officials and Robertson County EMA.
The Cross Plains Fire department, the THP, Robertson County EMS and EMA all responded to the scene.
The thoughts and prayers of the saff at Smokey Barn News are with the family of Mr. Hamilton as they face this tragedy.