Motorcyclist injured in accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 just south of Tonganoxie

? A 74-year-old Linn County man was taken to Kansas University Hospital following a motorcycle accident just after 10 a.m. Thursday about a mile south of Tonganoxie.

Eldon Barrett was heading north on U.S. Highway 24-40 when his steering column started to wobble and he lost control of the bike, according information that two people who were riding motorcycles with Barrett gave Leavenworth County sheriff’s officials.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Metcalf said it appeared that after Barrett lost control of the bike, it went off the road and hit a ditch. The bike, with Barrett still on it, traveled about 20 yards before coming to rest in a field. Metcalf said Barrett suffered a leg injury, but the lieutenant was unsure whether Barrett had additional injuries.

Barrett was wearing a helmet, Metcalf said, and is from Parker, about 15 miles south of Osawatomie.