Motorcycle rider seriously injured in crash that closed busy Columbia road, police say

Columbia police cited a man with causing a wreck that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

The Columbia Police Department said its Traffic Safety Unit cited a 38-year-old man with failing to yield the right of way and causing the the collision. The wreck happened just before 9 a.m. Thursday at 4233 West Beltline Blvd. Police have not identified the man cited with causing the collision.

The impact of the collision cause life-threatening injuries to the 52-year-old motorcyclist, a department spokesperson said.

The motorcyclist was traveling West on West Beltline. The 38-year-old man, driving a truck, was in the oncoming lane and turned left into the motorcyclist, the spokesperson said.

Because of the wreck, the 4200 block of the road was closed to traffic and drivers were urged to find alternative routes. That is near the intersection with Two Notch Road in an area densely packed with restaurants and retail businesses.

Paramedics took the victim to a hospital with a traumatic leg wound and other injuries, according to the department.

Information on any other injuries was not available.

The road reopened to traffic at 10:15 a.m., police said.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.