A Houston woman was seriously injured after striking a metal pole Wednesday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Julie A. Hartman, 59, of Houston, was driving northbound on Hogan Road four miles south of Houston when she accelerated her 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, struck a metal pole, overturned and was ejected from the vehicle, troopers said.

Following her ejection, Hartman was seriously injured, having to be transported by Mercy life-flight to Springfield.

The motorcycle suffered minor damage. Hartman was not wearing a safety device.

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