Three injured in Louisville after motorcycles lose control due to fire hose in roadway
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 3:10 pm

LOUISVILLE -- Three people were injured in accidents after motorcycles hit a fire hose lying across County Route 39, according to state police.

Benn Hamm of Madrid and William Eldridge of Massena were traveling north on CR-39 in the middle of a group of about 90 motorcycles on Sept. 8.

The group of motorcycles crested a hill on the road and encountered a fire hose across the road. The Town of Louisville Water Department was using the hose to fill a swimming pool at 644 County Rte. 39 from a fire hydrant on the west side of the road, troopers said.

The motorcyclists in the front of the group, including Hamm and Eldridge, began to slow down abruptly to avoid striking the hose. Hamm also attempted to slow down, but lost control and struck the rear of Eldridge’s motorcycle, ejecting Eldridge, troopers said.

Hamm was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Norfolk Rescue for shoulder pain; a passenger on Hamm’s motorcycle, Kim Mereau, 51, of Massena, was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Massena Rescue for a fractured left leg; and Eldridge was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Seaway Valley Ambulance for back pain, troopers said.

Police said no tickets were issued.