Biker rides on after losing leg

SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) A 54-year-old man continued to drive a large motorcycle about 2 km after hitting the center divider on a national highway and losing his right leg below the knee, police said Tuesday.

Kazuo Nagata, a salaried worker, was apparently unaware of the loss of his leg despite the acute pain he experienced from the impact, police said.

They said Nagata failed to negotiate a left curve and hit the center divider in the west-bound lane of the Hamana bypass on Route 1 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, at around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Nagata, who was on his way to Gifu Prefecture with a group of about 10 friends, did not fall in the accident and continued the ride before noticing part of his leg was missing, police said.