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Two injured in work zone accident near Lander

Jun 26, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A motorcyclist and his female passenger were injured Tuesday in a traffic accident southeast of Lander.

Reports state John Orr, 63, of Longmont, Colo., was driving his 2002 Harley southbound through a construction zone near Sunflower Street when he attempted to pass a 2008 Toyota pickup truck driven by Edward Piper, 26, of Ethete.

WHP Lt. Tom Adams said the pickup truck, owned by Keyhole Technologies, was being used as a "flag car" to guide traffic through the construction zone.

"(Orr) decided to pass the flag car at the same time the flag car was making its turnaround to go back the other way," Adams said Wednesday.

The Harley reportedly hit the driver's side door of the pickup truck. Adams said he didn't know how fast the vehicles were traveling at the time of impact, but he said the speed limit in the construction zone was set at 55 mph.

Piper reportedly was uninjured in the crash, but Orr and his female passenger, whose identity was unknown Wednesday morning, were transported to Lander Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries. Adams said they both were wearing helmets.

Orr's motorcycle reportedly was towed from the scene of the crash with "extensive front end damage." Adams said Orr will be cited for passing on a double yellow line.

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