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Man in critical condition after bizarre motorcycle accident

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Apr 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-07 16:36:47-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A man is in critical condition after he wrecked his motorcycle and landed in the bed of a truck, which kept moving as the driver of the truck was unaware of his injured passenger.

The incident occurred on State Road 201 in West Valley City at around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Police said the man, who may have been drunk, was speeding on a motorcycle when he crashed into the back of a pickup truck.The accident sent the man flying into the bed of the truck.

Police said the driver of the truck heard a loud thud, but he assumed he had hit a pot hole and kept driving. The driver later merged onto I-215, where he exited at California Avenue.

Sgt. Donavan Lucas, Utah Highway Patrol, said the accident was certainly unique.

“I can’t say never, because it has happened,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and this is the first time someone actually landed in the back of the truck, and they drove off the freeway to somewhere else. The guy had no idea that he was in the back of the vehicle."

It wasn’t until the driver exited the freeway that he discovered the man and called police. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Both of his arms were broken, and he had head injuries. Police said the man's breath smelled like alcohol.

No one has been cited in the accident.