LOUISVILLE – Two motorcyclists were injured in an accident east of Louisville on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities were advised at 12:51 p.m. of the accident on Nebraska Highway 66 by Eastwood Drive, according to Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann.

A 2001 Harley Davidson, driven by Joaquin G. Garcia, 57, of Omaha, was traveling west on the highway and came around a curve when he suddenly drove onto the shoulder, then back onto the roadway. At this point, Garcia lost control causing him and his bike to go to the ground.

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Meanwhile, a 2013 Harley Davidson, driven by Russell D. Rule, 58, of LaVista, was traveling right behind. When Garcia lost control of his bike, Rule ran into it causing him and his bike to go to the ground and slide along the ground. Rule’s bike then collided with a car that was in the opposite lane. Both motorcycle drivers were transported to Bergan Mercy hospital in Omaha for their injuries.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Rule was listed in serious condition and Garcia was in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the car, Jade M. Weibel-Vos, 24, of Elkhorn, was not injured. No citations were issued and the investigation is complete, according to Brueggemann.

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