Motorcycle crash injures three on Interstate 80 |

Motorcycle crash injures three on Interstate 80

by Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

A motorcycle crash Sunday morning sent three people to area hospitals.

Two motorcycles on eastbound Interstate 80 collided near Jeremy Ranch at about 10:45 a.m., according to Jesse Valenzuela, a spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.

"There was a large group of motorcyclists heading eastbound," Valenzuela said in a telephone interview. "The group slowed down and there was a single male rider on a motorcycle that for some apparent reason hit his brakes quick, lost control, and while he was overcorrecting, hit a motorcycle with two people on it, a female on the back and a male on the front."

The woman riding on the back of the motorcycle was in critical condition when she was flown in a helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake City. The man operating the motorcycle she was riding on was in serious condition when he was taken to University Hospital in an ambulance, Valenzuela said. He did not release the names, ages or hometowns of the people injured in the crash.

The man who was riding a motorcycle by himself, and initiated the accident, had serious head injuries when he was taken to the Park City Medical Center, Valenzuela said.

"All three of them had head injuries and they all were not wearing helmets," he said. "If they had had helmets on it might have minimized their injuries."

Troopers closed the eastbound lanes to investigate the crash.

"A lot of that was reconstruction of the accident and taking witness reports and stuff of that nature," Valenzuela said. "The highway was pretty much shut down approximately two hours They diverted most of the traffic there at that off-ramp at Jeremy Ranch, onto the frontage road." Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. The man who initiated the crash could receive a traffic citation, Valenzuela said.

The riders injured in the accident were among hundreds of people who were participating in a charity ride Sunday for the Shriners Hospital for Children, according to a report in The Salt Lake Tribune.

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