Honor Flight escort involved in crash, 2 injured

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities responded to a crash Wednesday morning involving the procession for veterans traveling to the airport, on their way to Washington, D.C.

The Honor Flight #17 procession was traveling west on Interstate 20 near Lithonia Industrial Boulevard when the wreck happened.

Triple Team Traffic’s Mark Arum reported on Channel 2 Action News This Morning that the crash involved motorcyclists, who were providing support for the veterans.

According to Channel 2's Liz Artz, a total of 10 patriot guard riders were escorting nearly two dozen WWII veterans when the accident happened, injuring two riders.

Patriot rider Dale Evans and Doug White were taken to the hospital. Both suffered cuts, lacerations and road burn, but their injuries were not life threatening and they are expected to be okay.


Rider Jerry McCain said the road conditions were just damp enough this morning to pose a small hazard.

“I heard his tire squealing when he locked his break up," McCain said.

The bus carrying the veterans continued on to the airport.

The nonprofit organization, Patriot Riders, was created to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices by transporting our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

The Patriot Riders captain said their safety record is stellar and this accident was the first of the group which has completed 400 escorts.