An Overland Park man died Saturday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle in Butler County, authorities said.
The 51-year-old man was riding west on U.S. 54 about four miles east of El Dorado when his Harley-Davidson drifted left of the center line at about 10 a.m., Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said. The driver then lost control of the 2010 Road King, which went into the ditch and ejected the victim and his wife.
A rescue helicopter landed at the scene of an injury accident, but broke down before it could fly out one of the victims for medical treatment. The couple were driven by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center with serious injuries.
The man died at Wesley at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Herzet said. His wife’s condition had been upgraded to fair as of Saturday night.
“We don’t know why” the motorcycle drifted left of center and then went into the ditch, Herzet said.
The helicopter remained on U.S. 54 near Cole Creek for about two hours before repairs were completed and it was able to fly back to Wichita, Herzet said.
Traffic backed up on both sides of the wreck, prompting law enforcement officers to detour traffic.
The crash victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, Herzet said.