Three cyclists injured on governor's motorcycle ride

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Three motorcyclists were injured in a crash during the annual governor's motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana Friday.

The governor's office says Gov. Mike Pence wasn't involved in Friday's accident, although he participated in the ride.

State police say 62-year-old Brenda Lynch of Indianapolis ran off the right side of SR 356 and crashed. A second rider, 66-year-old Larry Lahue of Indianapolis, locked up his brakes after Lynch crashed and also went off the right side of the road. James Thomas, 70, from Richmond, told police he crashed trying to make a turn, but was not trying to avoid the crashed motorcycles. The fourth driver, 60-year-old John Herr of Straughn, struck Lahue's motorcycle and crashed.

Lynch and Thomas were flown by medical helicopter to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Lynch suffered a head injury and wrist and ankle pain. Thomas had pain in his back, wrist and collarbone. Lahue was taken to the same hospital by ground ambulance with rib and back pain. Herr was not injured.

The ride with several hundred members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other motorcyclists is aimed at helping bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard soldiers and their families.

The motorcycle ride travels about 140 miles with stops planned in Columbus, Seymour and Madison. The crash occurred before the final stop in Madison.

"I was saddened to learn that there was a crash involving several riders in today's ride. Our prayers are with those who were involved in the crash and with the first responders who are attending to them. We are grateful to these Hoosiers and to all who participated in the Governor's Annual Motorcycle Ride in support of our National Guard families," said Gov. Pence.