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Salt Lake City Police officer injured in I-15 motorcycle crash

Published June 5, 2013 4:01 pm

Road debris • Piece of metal debris catches cop's front wheel, causing crash; officer in serious condition.
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A Salt Lake City motorcycle officer was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after a piece of metal debris in the road caused him to go down on Interstate 15 near Kaysville.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said the officer was part of a group of motorcycle police participating in a training run in the HOV lane of southbound I-15 on Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson said an officer near the front of the group hit a piece of metal in the lane, believed to be a piece of a refrigerator, and sent the debris bouncing toward the rear. The metal then got wedged into another officer's front wheel, causing the rider to hit the pavement. Another officer farther back in the group also hit the debris but did not crash.

The mishap occurred at about 2:20 p.m. just south of Kaysville. No one else was hurt.

Salt Lake City Police Det. Dennis McGowan said the officer was transported to a hospital in Salt Lake City and said the officer was in serious condition Wednesday afternoon. Police did not release the name of the officer, who was one of 25 motorcycle police involved in the training ride.

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