Auburn I-80 Harley cruiser crash injures 2

Possible tire blowout sends motorcycle into slide
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Two riders were injured when the motorcycle they were on went out of control Tuesday evening and crashed at the side of Interstate 80 in Auburn. A witness, who was also driving on westbound I-80 near the Russell Road exit when the accident occurred at about 5:15 p.m., said the bike fishtailed and slid from the middle lane as the male driver tried to drop it into a controlled slide. The bike - a late-model Ultra Classic with California license plates - left the road, ending up about 15 feet off the freeway in the dirt. Foresthill's Dave Weaver said he watched the sudden loss of control, with the motorcycle traveling at about the 65 mph speed limit. The woman passenger "barrel-rolled" at least twice after leaving the bike, Weaver said. "It looked like it blew a tire," Weaver said. Weaver said he didn't see any other vehicle involved in the accident. Officer Greg Moser of the Auburn California Highway Patrol office said there were indications the rear tire blew out before the motorcycle began to fishtail. Neither of the riders was identified by name but they were described as in their 60s and Vacaville residents. Moser said no other vehicles were involved and there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene. The woman rider, who Weaver said had complained of neck pain, was taken by helicopter air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The man, who was also treated for neck pain, was taken by ground transport to Roseville hospital. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at