- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

EATON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities were investigating Saturday separate motorcycle accidents that killed two people in western Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol said a man was killed along Interstate 70 in Preble County. And Springfield police said a man died after a collision with another motorcycle in the early morning hours Saturday. A second person was injured in the Springfield accident.

Springfield police said neither motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet. No other information was available immediately.

The Highway Patrol wasn’t sure when the man was killed in Preble County. Troopers were dispatched to the scene at about 5 a.m. EDT. Troopers said the motorcycle ran off the road down and down an embankment sometime overnight. The cause is under investigation.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, as more motorcyclists take to the road in pleasant spring weather.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 140 people were killed in 134 motorcycle-related crashes last year. Over 2012-2014, motorcycle-involved crashes killed 440 people and resulted in nearly 11,000 injuries in Ohio, the Patrol said.

The Patrol urges motorcyclists to get training, wear protective gear, and ride sober.

Vehicle drivers are urged to give motorcyclists a full lane of travel, not to follow too closely, and to check for motorcyclists before changing lanes or at intersections.

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