Crash injures motorcyclist, stops traffic
May 5, 2008
Sunday, a Salt Lake man was in serious condition after breaking both legs and his pelvis when he collided with a trailer while motorcycling through Parleys Canyon Saturday afternoon.
Traffic on westbound Interstate 80 was at a standstill for almost 90 minutes as a medical helicopter landed on the freeway and the victim was rushed to the hospital, Utah Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Cori Start said.
"The trailer came off the ball but the chains held, so the driver pulled over to the side," Start said, adding that a Ford Expedition was pulling the dual-axle trailer. "Part of the trailer was still sticking out and the motorcycle didn’t see it and struck that."
The crash occurred on westbound Interstate 80 at about 4:30 p.m., Start said, adding that the motorcyclist is Salt Lake resident Justin Butts, 24.
"He is still in serious condition," Start said, adding that the man could lose a leg. "He was not wearing a helmet."
As officers investigated traffic backed up nearly nine miles to almost Parleys Summit, she said.
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"[Drivers] had to just sit there until they could get one lane open," Start said, adding that the road was closed near Kimball Junction.
Charges are pending in the crash, she said.