Metro-East News

Man seriously injured as three motorcycles crash on I-64

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 were shut down Friday for more than four hours after three motorcyclists crashed in Washington County.

Illinois State Police Trooper Joey Watson said several motorcyclists were riding in a group, east on the highway a few miles from Okawville, when the car in front of the group slowed.

That caused three of the motorcycles in the group to crash.

“They were traveling too closely together within the group; it was a chain reaction,” Watson said.

Brandon Harrison, 33, of Columbia, Mo., was ejected from his Harley — he was flown to a regional hospital for serious injuries. Junction City, Kansas, resident Arron Chaney, 30, was taken to a local hospital for injuries and a third rider, 24-year-old Mikhail Williams of Columbia, Mo., refused medical treatment.

All three riders were wearing helmets. Chaney was charged with failing to slow down to avoid an accident.

Watson said the eastbound lanes were closed as officials conducted a thorough investigation by reconstructing the scene.

The investigation was ongoing Friday, according to Watson.