A report from Utah Highway Patrol said the motorcyclists were traveling in the southbound lane of SR-89 at 8700 S., about 6:30, and approached a slower-moving one-ton truck traveling the same direction in the outside lane. Just as the motorcyclists attempted to pass the truck, the driver, a 50-year-old male from Layton, suddenly made a left-hand turn across the inside lane.
The lead motorcyclist, a 28-year-old male from Ogden, braked hard, hitting the driver’s side door of the truck. The next two bikers also attempted to brake and go to the right side of the truck, but one caught his handle bars on the rear of the truck, send the driver and a female passenger onto the roadway. The third bike avoided the truck but struck the second bike already down in the road, causing that rider to also go down onto the pavement. A fourth motorcyclist was able to maintain control and pull to the shoulder.
The driver of the truck was treated and released at the scene. His 15-year-old passenger was transported to Brigham City Community Hospital with minor abrasions to his face.
The first motorcyclist was knocked unconscious, but was alert and in good condition when transported to the hospital. He was wearing a full-face shield helmet. The second biker, a 24-year-old male from North Ogden, was transported by Life Flight air ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital in serious condition with broken ribs and a punctured lung. His 37-year-old passenger was taken by ground ambulance to Ogden Regional Hospital with a broken leg and arm. The third motorcyclist was a 34-year-old male from Ogden who was also taken to Ogden Regional with a foot injury.
The UHP report said only the lead biker was wearing a helmet. SR-89 was closed for over an hour while the helicopter and ambulances picked up patients and troopers investigated the crash site. Box Elder Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Perry police also responded and assisted with diverting traffic onto SR-126.