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ISP: 6 hospitalized after chain reaction crash on I-70 during organized motorcycle ride

The incident happened around 2 p.m. on I-70 westbound just south of Minnesota Street.

INDIANAPOLIS — Six people were taken to area hospitals after multiple motorcycles crashed on I-70 during an organized motorcycle ride Sunday afternoon.

Police responded to the incident around 2 p.m. on I-70 westbound at the 75-mile marker, just south of Minnesota Street on the west side of Indianapolis.

An Indiana State Police trooper first on the scene located two people with very serious injuries. That trooper, along with several bystanders, administered emergency aid to victims until the Indianapolis Fire Department arrived, ISP said.

Two people were transported to hospitals in serious condition, and another four were transported with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

An Indiana State Police reconstructionist responded to the scene and determined that at least three separate crashes occurred, involving a total of four motorcycles. Two of the crashes involved one motorcycle and another involved two that collided.

ISP described the incident as a chain-reaction crash which began when a white passenger car cut in between some of the riders. 

That vehicle did not stop at the scene and there is no further description of it, ISP said.

Five of the six injured in the incident were in stable condition as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday while the status of the most seriously injured rider was not known, police said.

Indiana State Police said the group was participating in an organized motorcycle ride called the "Patriot Freedom Ride."

Members of Helping Heroes of America said the motorcycle ride involved their organization.

The westbound lanes of I-70 were closed for multiple hours Saturday afternoon as police investigated the incident.

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