UPDATE 07/03/2011 10:47 AM
Two separate fatal motorcycle accidents called troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol out Saturday night.
The first accident happened at 7:18 p.m.
Officials with the O.S.H.P. say, 59-year-old Dr. James Harding was driving westbound on Ohio Route 78 when he drove off the left side of the road, overturned, and struck a tree.
Harding, of Marietta, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Officials say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but was pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities say unsafe speed was the cause of the accident.
The second accident troopers responded to was at 7:58 pm.
According to authorities, 63-year-old Ronald Dickinson, of Cutler, was traveling south on Ohio Route 555, when he struck a deer in the roadway.
Officials say Dickinson was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officials do not believe speed was factor in the accident.
Both accidents remain under investigation.
UPDATE: 07/02/2011 10:47
Ohio State Highway Patrol officers have cleared the scene of two separate motorcycle accidents in Washington and Morgan Counties. A section of SR 555 near mile marker 12 has reopened.
Ohio State Highway Patrol officers are responding to two separate motorcycle accidents this evening.
In Washington County a section of Ohio Route 555 is shut down as officers respond to an accident involving a motorcycle. An OSHP dispatcher said Ohio Route 555 is closed near mile marker 12.
No other details were available.
In Morgan County OSHP officers were also on scene of an accident involving a motorcycle on Ohio Route 78 near mile marker 25. More details were not released.
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