Valley man hospitalized at UVA for motorcycle crash injuries

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Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM EDT
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On a commercial-industrial frontage road in the southern factory district of Harrisonburg, a motorcyclist who left the roadway was hurt badly enough to need local hospitalization and then transit to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for further treatment of serious injuries.

MPO Justin Joiner with the Harrisonburg Police Dept. sent WHSV a statement. We've transcribed the statement entirely below:

"On Wednesday, September 14 at 12 p.m. officers with the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) responded to a single vehicle motorcycle accident in the 4000 block of Early Road. The preliminary investigation has shown that a 32 year old male was driving northbound on Early Road and failed to properly navigate a curve in the road. The motorcycle struck the guardrail and the driver was thrown approximately 200 feet through the air, where he then landed in a ditch."

"Adam Purdham of Shenandoah, VA was driving the motorcycle at the time of the accident. Purdham was transported by the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad to Sentara RMH, where he was later transferred to UVA Medical Center by ambulance with serious injuries. Speed appears to be a factor in the crash."

"The Harrisonburg Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Harrisonburg Fire Department and the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. The crash remains under investigation by HPD's Accident Reconstruction Team."