Man airlifted to hospital after motorcycle crash in Burlington

Burlington police

BURLINGTON, N.C. – A man was airlifted to the hospital after being injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Burlington, according to police.

Joel Brian Hurdle, 58, of Burlington, sustained noticeable injuries in the incident but was alert and stable, according to Burlington police.

The victim was flown by helicopter to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Burlington police said emergency units were called to the scene of the 600 block of West Interstate Service Road at about 1:50 p.m.

Police said Hurdle was traveling east in the 600 block of West Interstate Service Road when he approached a slower vehicle traveling in his lane.

Hurdle tried to pass the vehicle to avoid collision, but then met an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane of travel, police said.

To avoid the head-on collision, police said Hurdle then drove off the roadway, onto the left shoulder and crashed.

Hurdle did not strike any other vehicles and no other persons were injured.

The 600 block of West Interstate Service Road was closed for about an hour, but has since reopened.