Three injured during Tour of Park City
July 31, 2012
Tour of Park City participants hit some unforeseen obstacles as they traveled across Summit County on Saturday. Three people were transported to the hospital after a collision on State Road 32 and in a separate incident citations were issued to bystanders for firing bottle rockets at the racers.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Altenes, a female was transported via medical helicopter with a possible head injury and two males were taken by ambulance to the Park City Medical Center with minor injuries after three cyclists collided.
Altenes said it appears the three cyclists were riding close together when one of them hit rough pavement and fell, taking down the other two riders.
"They were riding in a pack when one hit a bad spot of road, lost control and caused a chain reaction," he said, adding that no cars were involved.
State Road 32 at mile post 27, alongside Rockport Reservoir, was closed for a short time around 8:15 a.m. as emergency personnel tended to the three cyclists.
Tour of Park City Coordinator Ben Towery said more than 700 people participated in the three races that were held Saturday morning and that overall, the event was a success.
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"We try to take care and be careful, but accidents happen. That is why we wear helmets," Towery said. "The woman who was injured is in stable condition and is speaking and alert."
Towery added that some spectators along the course were cited after cyclists reported that fireworks were thrown at them.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Forest Service deputies cited occupants of a vehicle with disorderly conduct for driving along the race course and shooting bottle rockets at cyclists along Mirror Lake Highway.
The Sheriff’s Office was kept busy throughout the day, saying that a "myriad" of calls regarding cyclists were received and "several residents of Chalk Creek continued to complain about cyclists using Chalk Creek Road during the day."