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Motorcyclist's arm severed in crash along Route 819

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 6:01 a.m.

A 55-year-old Richmond, Texas, man had his left arm severed Monday in a motorcycle accident along Route 819 in Salem Township, state police said.

Donald Wilson was undergoing surgery last night at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh. The hospital would not discuss aspects of the surgery.

A spokeswoman said Wilson probably would be listed in critical condition after being moved to the Intensive Care Unit.

Wilson, visiting the area for his brother's funeral, lost control of his 1980 Harley Davidson Wide Glide shortly after 2 p.m. near Fenneltown Road, about three miles north of the intersection of routes 819 and 22.

''He just didn't make the turn,'' said his sister-in-law, Berni Thomas, 46, who was following in a car.

The motorcycle hit a guard rail, throwing Wilson into a field adjacent to the roadway, said Thomas, of Slickville. He broke a split rail fence on his way down with his left arm.

State police from the Kiski barracks reported that Wilson was traveling north on Route 819 and failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, crossed the southbound lane and west shoulder on his motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the guard rail and Wilson was thrown about 100 feet after impact.

Wilson was transferred by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian.

Rescue units from the Forbes Road Fire Co. and Slickville responded to the crash.

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