VIRGIN — Two people were transported by Mercy Air to Sunrise Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas Saturday after their motorcycle collided with a truck near mile marker 15 on State Route 9.
A husband and wife, from Virgin, were traveling on a blue 1999 Harley Davidson westbound down the LaVerkin twist around 3:15 p.m. As they veered around a curve near mile marker 15, they couldn’t make the curve and collided with a 2013 Toyota Tacoma that was traveling eastbound with two passengers: a man, the driver, and his wife. The motorcycle hit the left rear tire of the truck, causing the truck to spin around and face oncoming traffic, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Ferguson.
“It was perfect angle, perfect speed,” Ferguson said, referring to the motorcycle being able to impact the truck with enough force to spin it about 180 degrees.
The couple on the bike had just bought the motorcycle yesterday. After the accident, the man was still slightly coherent and said he wouldn’t be riding a motorcycle again. His wife was picked up by ambulance first, followed by him, and both were transported down to the LaVerkin LDS Church parking lot, where Mercy Air was staged.
Both motorcycle passengers suffered compound fractures in their left legs.
The couple driving the truck, who had traveled from California and were on their way to camp in Zion National Park, suffered minor injuries and no transportation was necessary.
Traffic was delayed in both directions for about an hour, with only one direction of travel being allowed to move at a time.
Both the motorcycle and truck were towed.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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