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Motorcycle passenger seriously injured in Saturday crash on turnpike



TOPEKA, Kan. – A woman was seriously injured when the motorcycle she was on crashed Saturday on the Kansas Turnpike south of Topeka, officials said.

The crash was reported at 5:13 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 335 on the turnpike, about nine miles south of Topeka.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2006 Harley-Davidson FLSTCI Heritage motorcycle was northbound on I-335 when the rear tire blew out, causing the rider to lay down the bike.

A passenger on the motorcycle, Therese Bratcher, 45. of Allen, was reported to have serious injuries. She was transported to Stormont Vail Hospital.