A motorcycle rider and his passenger were thrown from their Harley-Davidson in a crash late Monday morning south of Payne, Ohio.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol's Van Wert Post is investigating the crash at 11:19 a.m. on Ohio 49 at Ohio 114 in Paulding County's Benton Township, according to a written statement issued by the post.
It said the 2011 motorcycle driven by Edward Leverton, 40, of Payne, was going south on Ohio 49 when a 2000 Ford Windstar minivan driven west on Ohio 114 by William Hoverman, 62, of Van Wert, Ohio, failed to yield and was struck in the passenger side by the Harley.
Leverton was ejected from the motorcycle, onto the minivan windshield and then came to rest in a field on the west side of the road with minivan, the post statement said. A passenger on his motorcycle, Lonnie Leverton, 38, of Payne, was also ejected and came to rest in the southbound lane of Ohio 49.
Both were airlifted Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne hospital. They were listed in critical condition shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.
The post statement said Hoverman was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
The motorcycle riders were not wearing helmets, the post statement said.