ST. GEORGE — One motorcyclist’s morning commute didn’t end well when he was rear-ended by a car near a construction zone Tuesday morning.
Emergency personnel responded to the incident at around 7:40 a.m. on the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 15 at the Exit 16-state Route 9 interchange, finding the motorcycle rider knocked off his bike with possible broken ribs and a minor head injury, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said.
The rider had been wearing a helmet, Mower said, but it was knocked off when his motorcycle was hit by the car after he stopped for a construction flagger on the on-ramp.
The rider was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for care, Mower said, adding that the driver of the car was issued a citation.
The Exit 16-SR-9 interchange is currently undergoing construction to improve infrastructure and traffic flow through the area.
Mower said troopers had been seeing an increase in crashes around Exit 16 until recently when the traffic patterns through the interchange were adjusted by the Utah Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the construction project.
Motorists are reminded to pay attention when passing through the construction zone in order to ensure their own safety, as well as that of their fellow motorists and construction workers.
This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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