Non-life-threatening injuries reported in motorcycle accident

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A Flight Care helicopter lifts off after an injured motorcycle rider is placed inside.
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A firefighter with the Standish Area Fire Authority waits for the helicopter to leave so the scene can be cleared.
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A Flight Care helicopter lands at the scene of the accident.
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One of the motorcycles involved in the accident lays on its side.
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An emergency helicopter waits for an injured motorist to be loaded into it, while one of the motorcycles in the accident stands in the foreground.
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Police officers and firefighters block traffic on the eastbound US-23 connector.

LINCOLN TWP. — An accident on the eastbound US-23 connector in Standish involving two motorcycles Aug. 18 resulted in injuries that are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The accident was reported at approximately 8:50 a.m. Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre said the incident occurred when the two riders — Charles Utley, 56, and Sandra Pelch, 53, both of Columbiaville — collided. McIntyre said Utley was reportedly slowing on the eastbound connector and was rear-ended by Pelch.

Ultey was transported to Saginaw St. Mary’s from the scene by Flight Care. Pelch was transported to St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital via Arenac County MMR.

Assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene were the Standish Area Fire Authority, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, H & R Towing and Recovery of Standish and MMR.


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