Post and Courier
July 10, 2014

Motorcyclist wrecks bike, catches fire in Hanahan

Posted: 10/11/2013 09:36 a.m.
Updated: 10/11/2013 01:59 p.m.

Staff report

A motorcyclist is being treated for burns after his bike burst into flames following a wreck in Hanahan.

Hanahan police officers responded to the entrance of Colony Square at 1100 River Road concerning the motorcycle wreck around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers found the motorcyclist lying on the grass behind a trash bin. The man’s burning Harley-Davidson had already been extinguished, police said.

The man told officers that he had lost control of the motorcycle and laid the bike down in a wreck. The motorcycle burst into flames when he tried to start it again.

The flames spread to the man’s body, causing large burns to his legs, arms and back, police said.

A man who saw the wreck told police that the motorcyclist was speeding down River Road when he lost control. The motorcyclist then cursed out passersby who stopped to ask if was alright, the witness reported.

The bike ignited soon after.

The witness then ran into his apartment and grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out flames on the motorcycle and its rider.

The burned man was airlifted from the scene. He is being treated at a burn unit in Augusta, police said.