An Illinois couple was seriously injured Thursday after their motorcycle crashed in Kosciusko County. It happened just before noon on US 30 near the area of County Road 450 East, west of Pierceton.
According to two witnesses, 44 year-old Thomas Harwood of Bourbonnais, Illinois and 39 year-old Paula Harwood were ejected from their motorcycle after the rear wheel apparently separated.
Thomas, who was driving the bike, was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered serious injuries to his head and extremities, including extensive road-rash.
His wife, Paula, was also thrown, and police believe she was struck by the motorcycle as it was flipping and rotating from the crash. She was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury.
Neither was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and police do not believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation.