Roadside argument leads to fatal crash, portion of State Street closed

Posted at 3:47 PM, Aug 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-14 18:09:01-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – A portion of State Street has been closed to traffic Thursday afternoon as police respond to an accident that left one dead and injured two others.

Crews at the scene report traffic is being diverted at 3500 South onto Main Street and all southbound lanes of State Street between about 3750 South and about 3500 South are blocked.

Police at the scene tell FOX 13 News a male and female who were on a motorcycle were arguing and then pulled off the road onto the side of State Street near 3600 South. A police officer stopped to check on the couple as they argued, and when the officer pulled up the female jumped onto the motorcycle with the male and moved away from the police at speed.

A short time later, the motorcycle struck a vehicle that was turning left onto State Street and both occupants were thrown from the bike. The male was killed in the crash. The female was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle that was struck suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.