WASHINGTON COUNTY – A 24-year-old Hurricane man was transported to the hospital Monday afternoon after his bullet bike lost traction while entering the Interstate 15 southbound on-ramp near Hurricane Exit 16.
Just before 1 p.m., the man was riding his bike up Highway 9 on the inside of the curve and leaning over, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper John McMahon said.
“The witness who was coming up behind him said he was leaning really far over,” McMahon said. “His back tire came out from underneath and slid off the side – he and the bike kind of flipped through the air.”
“Just from looking at it, the tread on the tires is a little less than appears to be safe,” McMahon said, “and he was traveling too fast for the curve in the road.”
The man, who was wearing a helmet, gloves and a heavy jacket for protection, complained of neck and shoulder pain and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with injuries that officers said did not appear to be life-threatening.
The man was issued a citation for speeding and given a warning on the condition of his tires, McMahon said.
Utah Highway Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance and Hurricane Fire department responded to the accident.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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