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I-80 reopened after fatal motorcycle accident

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 03, 2021

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Interstate 80 was reopened Wednesday at 8 p.m. after a fatal motorcycle crash shut down the surrounding area for hours.

The Utah Highway Patrol said a motorcyclist died after being involved in a two-vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of I-80 just east of Saltair. Officials say the rider died at the scene.

At around 5 p.m. Wednesday, traffic was slowing down and a motorcyclist who was traveling in the left lane skidded for about 140 feet before being hit from behind by a pickup truck.

The rider was ejected from the bike and died. The rider was wearing a full face helmet, but it was not properly strapped to the rider and flew off during the impact.

Traffic was shut down in the westbound lanes of the highway at 7200 West for about two hours Wednesday evening.

No injuries were sustained by the driver of the pickup truck.

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