An Anderson man was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital Saturday evening following a collision with a tractor on Highway 421.
According to the Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Stephen Livingston, 48, of Anderson, was heading south on Highway 421, several yards behind a tractor that had temporarily stopped while preparing to turn left onto County Road 300 South. The tractor, a 2001 Case driven by Scott Wuesteveld, 30, of Greensburg, was pulling a hay-mowing implement.
At about 6:42 p.m., Livingston impacted the rear of the implement and was thrown from his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle into the northbound lane of Highway 421.
An off-duty Ripley County Sheriff's Department Deputy was traveling north on 421 at the same time, and witnessed Livingston land in the northbound lane. The deputy swerved to miss the accident victim, who received a compound fracture in his right leg and injuries to his right hip and right shoulder.
The crash was investigated by Decatur County Sheriff's Department Deputy Rob Goodfellow, who estimated Livingston skidded approximately 37 feet before impacting the tractor.
Livingston was initially transported by Decatur County EMS to Decatur County Memorial Hospital. He was then flown to St. Vincent for further treatment of his injuries.
Livingston was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and investigators believe the helmet was effective in reducing injuries received in the crash. The motorcycle was likely totaled in the accident.
Livingston's injuries are not considered to be life threatening, and no further information on his condition was known at press time.
In addition to the DCSD and Decatur County EMS, members of the Greensburg Fire Department and the Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department responded to the emergency call.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056.