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Motorcycle driver lives after slamming into semi truck

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Posted at 5:36 AM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 08:35:39-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah-- A motorcycle driver is lucky to be alive after he slammed his motorcycle into a semi truck on Tuesday, police said.

The man was driving his motorcycle north on the Mountain View Corridor around 10 p.m. at high speeds, according to witnesses, when he slammed into the side of a semi truck trailer at an intersection at Old Bingham Highway.

After the crash the man got up and ran away, but he was later found by police officers in South Jordan.

Sgt. Joe Monson with the South Jordan Police Department said he is surprised that the man was able to walk away from the crash.

"It's a pretty interesting crash," Monson said. "He's lucky not to have serious injuries from the information that we got from the witnesses that he was traveling at a high rate of speed."

The driver was taken to the hospital by Life Flight as a precaution.

Police said they are now investigating to see if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident. They said the man could face hit-and-run charges in addition to DUI.