CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two people were injured, one seriously, in a crash that shut down traffic on Highway 63 in southern Craighead County for approximately two hours Saturday night.
According to Arkansas State Police, Timothy Greene, 48, of Jonesboro and Randy McCluskey, 47, of Jonesboro were injured when they lost control of their motorcycles. The accident happened one mile north of the Craighead/Poinsett County line.
Corporal Scot McLaughlin said both men were traveling north on Highway 63 when Greene lost control and ran into a ditch. McCluskey, trying to avoid the debris, then slid off his motorcycle. A third driver witnessed the crash and was able to avoid it.
The incident shut down the northbound lane of Highway 63 for at least two hours.
McLaughlin said Greene was airlifted to The MED in Memphis with significant back injuries and a possible concussion. McCluskey was transported to St. Bernards Medical Center.
While the investigation is ongoing, McLaughlin said both drivers were wearing safety helmets.
Arkansas State Police, Trumann Ambulance Service, Bay Fire Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Hospital Wing, and Medic One all responded to the accident.