Motorcycle rider hit by truck, taken to hospital

ST. GEORGE — A motorcyclist was hit by a truck about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on Sunset Boulevard and dragged under the truck for several feet before the driver could stop the truck.

A pickup truck turned in front of a reportedly speeding motorcycle Tuesday afternoon. The rider was taken to the hospital. St. George, Utah, May 2, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“We were dispatched to the scene of an accident at 1300 West and Sunset involving a motorcycle,” St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said. “The motorcycle was westbound in the right hand lane apparently going a little fast, don’t know exactly how fast.”

An eastbound pickup truck turned in front of the motorcycle, Harding said. The motorcycle caught the passenger side of the truck and was dragged several feet out of the main roadway.

The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured. The motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet, Harding continued, and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, apparently with non life-threatening injuries.

“He was very vocal at the scene,” Harding said. “He appeared to have a leg injury.”

The sergeant said that citations are pending in this collision waiting on the close of the investigation.

Units from St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene. Traffic was slowed westbound on Sunset for approximately 30 minutes while the scene was investigated and cleaned up.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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4 Comments

  • mmsandie May 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Once again no helmet, motorcycle rider was lucky..why is the speed limit on sunset rd 40 when there are so many businesses and people turn In to them. The rd is so busy the speed limit it too high.

  • comments May 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    “the rider was very vocal at the scene”

    I can just imagine. Idiot swings out like that the guy probly raged hard.

    A helmet may not save u in every crash, but I’ll say it again. Riding w/ no helmet makes u an idiot.

    • comments May 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      oops, i misquoted that–was going from the vid

  • Caveat_Emptor May 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    It is not encouraging when the truck ends up sitting right on top of the motorcycle……
    The motorcycle rider is fortunate to still be alive, especially without the protection of a helmet.
    As often as these accidents occur here in Washington County, it might be helpful to share some statistics, showing frequency of occurrence, and the root cause of the accident. While I would not expect auto, or truck, drivers to much pay attention, it would be educational for many of us who ride a motorcycle in this area.
    Bottom Line: If you are not riding in a “defensive” mode around here, you should leave your m/c in the garage.

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