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A long-time educator and Republican candidate for Carroll supervisor received several broken bones in a motorcycle crash last Friday.Authorities with the Wythe County Sheriff's Office were first on the scene to the accident on Wysor Highway in Barren Springs that left Ralph J. "Bob" Martin injured.
Police received a 911 call on the accident at 11:18 p.m.The report says that Martin's 1996 Kawasaki ran off the road to the right, then came back onto the road and flipped.
Martin was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment.This accident comes after Martin had to recuperate from injuries sustained in a April 2010 motorcycle wreck in Hillsville, after he failed to negotiate a turn at Main Street and Edgewood Drive.
Strader Blankenship, assistant superintendent for Carroll County Public Schools, went to visit Martin at the hospital on Sunday.Martin was in intensive care at the time. Blankenship believed that Martin had two broken bones in his right knee, possibly a broken knee cap, five broken ribs, two broken bones in the hand, perhaps a broken cheek bone and road rash on his face.
Blankenship learned Sunday that Martin would need surgery."He's going to have a long recovery with all the broken bones," Blankenship said.
Martin kept a sense of humor about him during their visit.
Martin recently made news by earning the nomination of the Carroll Republican Party during the preferential primary in his bid for election to the Carroll Board of Supervisors seat for the Pine Creek District. He was unopposed in the primary.