Bikers Say Hose Caused Them To Crash During Charity Ride

Bikers Say Hose Caused Them To Crash During Charity Ride

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This year's Spud's Run started like any other charity motorcycle ride. But it ended brutally for some riders just after they crested a hill and saw a fire hose stretched across Louisville Road.

“Went over the handlebars and landed on my head and spun around in the grass and flip flopped around a little bit before I came to a stop,” said William Eldridge, Spud's Run rider.

State police said the first motorcycles slowed abruptly to avoid the hose. As Eldridge slowed, he was struck from behind by a bike driven by 61 year old Ben Hamm of Madrid. His rider, 51 year old Kim Mereau, broke her left leg. All three were taken to hospitals.

“This should never have happened,” said Eldridge.

The fire hose was there because the Louisville Water Department was filling a pool. Eldridge said he saw no warning there was a hazard ahead.

“Not a sign on top of the hill. Not a flagger,” said Eldridge.

Town of Louisville Supervisor Larry Legault, who was there, said the water department was doing traffic control.

The questions are piling up as to exactly what happened on the stretch of road on Saturday and it doesn't look like the answers to some of them are coming anytime soon.

Legault referred all questions to Town Attorney Eric Gustafson. He said the matter had been turned over to the town's insurance company for investigation. He said the town had no other comment at this time. 

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