Crash stops traffic, injures motorcyclist
May 6, 2008
A Salt Lake man was in stable 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 taken to the hospital, Utah Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Cori Start said.
"Drivers just had to sit there until they could get one lane open," Start said.
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.
Traffic backed up nearly nine miles to almost Parleys Summit as officers investigated the crash, 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."
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At the time of the crash, Butts was not wearing a helmet, Start said, adding that charges are pending in the crash.