UPDATE:Three hospitalized after motorcycle crash on Blue Ridge Parkway

Courtesy of the Big Island Fire Department
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BIG ISLAND, (WSLS 10) – Three people are hospitalized after a three-motorcycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

According to the Big Island Fire Department, the crash happened on mile post 68 on the Blue Ridge Parkway around 2 p.m.

Fire Chief Brandon Cocke says the crash happened when two motorcyclists, one traveling South and the other traveling North, collided head on. Cocke says a third driver purposely crashed his motorcycle to avoid the collision. That driver was taken by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

One person involved in the collision was taken by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital with severe injuries. Cocke said the third driver was airlifted by Centra One and taken to Roanoke Memorial hospital with severe injuries.

According to Big Island Fire Departments facebook page, a bridge along the parkway was used as a landing zone for Centra One's helicopter.

"Thanks to the Bedford County and Amherst County Sheriff's Offices for blocking both ends of the bridge so we could focus on the safety of the patients, and the helicopter crew."

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