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A man who found a motorcyclist seriously injured in a ditch Thursday in Vandalia told a 911 dispatcher that he didn’t know how no one else had seen the crashed bike.

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The motorcyclist, who has only been identified as a man, was transported from the scene by CareFlight.

Further information about his condition was not available at this time.

The caller reported the crash just before 7 a.m. in the 4300 block of Little York Road.

“I’m on my way to work and there’s a guy that wrecked his motorcycle,” the caller said to a 911 dispatcher. “I just happened to see his tire in the bushes... I don’t know how anybody didn’t see this already.”

The caller added that it looked like the motorcyclist had a head injury, but was breathing and conscious.

A police call log sheet indicated the man had a broken hip as well.

The man was not wearing a helmet and police did not find a helmet on the scene.

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Police are investigating led up to the incident and caused the crash.

“We’re not sure if coming through here the curve surprised him or not,” Vandalia police Lt. Ben Walker. “There’s a short, short stretch of skid marks that suggest right before he left the roadway he realized the road was curving and he wasn’t able to negotiate the curve.”

There is no evidence that speed or alcohol played a factor in the crash at this time.

Because the 911 caller did not witness the crash, it also isn’t clear when it happened or how long the motorcyclist was injured.

As summer continues, Walker said that drivers need to be extra aware and keep an eye out for motorcyclists.

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“It’s very easy to miss a motorcycle,” he said. “In the warmer summer months there’s a lot of bikes on the streets. You really have to look twice.”

Vandalia police are continuing to investigate the crash. We will update this story as more information is released.