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Biker critically injured in crash after avoiding dog on Utah highway

Posted at 4:42 PM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 18:43:06-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A motorcycle rider is in extremely critical condition after he crashed trying to avoid a sheepdog in the road.

Just after 11 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol said a group of motorcycles was traveling on State Route 35 in Summit County about 10 miles west of Hanna when a dog ran onto the highway. Troopers say the dog was helping a sheepherder move a herd to water when it ran toward the road and under the guardrail.

Courtesy UHP

The biker braked hard, skidded “a significant distance” and laid the bike down. He was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake County in extremely critical condition — troopers say he was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma.

Although not required by law, UHP encourages all motorcycle riders to wear helmets and other protective gear.