An Independence driver escaped with minor injuries following a motorcycle crash in Lafayette County this (Sat.) morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 58-year-old Wesley R. Hardin was traveling southbound on Route D, north of Oakwood Drive when he crested a hill and attempted to negotiate a right curve at 7:10 Saturday morning. The bike reportedly ran over loose gravel in the roadway, causing Hardin to lose control of the vehicle and impact the roadway, ejecting Hardin. He was transported by Wellington EMS to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.