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Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-80 near Tooele

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Jun 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-19 23:57:38-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A motorcycle rider died after a crash on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol said the bike went off the road on eastbound I-80 near milepost 99, between the Tooele freeway exit and the Great Salt Lake State Park.

The bike overturned, and the rider died from their injuries. A LifeFlight helicopter was dispatched to the scene at one point, but it was not immediately known whether the biker was transported.

READ: Motorcyclist dies after crash in Salt Lake City

UHP officials said strong winds may have been a factor in the crash, but the exact reason the motorcycle went off the road is not yet known. UHP also said they do not yet know whether the rider was wearing a helmet.

After the motorcycle crash, there was a secondary crash between two cars. UHP said the people involved suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

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Eastbound I-80 was fully closed initially, but one lane has since been reopened. Traffic is at a near standstill at least a mile back from the crash scene, however.

Live view of crash scene/backup: