Motorbike crashes into vehicles and rumbles through traffic on Bluff Street – St George News

ST. GEORGE- Traffic was blocked for more than three blocks on the north side of Bluff Street in St. George around noon Friday after an accident involving a motorcycle, pickup truck and sport utility vehicle.

Debris and gasoline litter the ground after a crash involving a motorcycle, pickup truck and SUV on Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, April 1, 2022 | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

St. George police say a motorcycle trying to “switch the needle” between a black pickup truck in the left lane and a black SUV in the right lane ended up being sandwiched. After bouncing between the two vehicles, officers said the motorcyclist was thrown from his vehicle.

The motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to St. George’s Regional Hospital with “lower extremity” injuries that officers said were not life-threatening. But the bike was a total loss. Gasoline spilled out of its punctured fuel tank, adding a gasoline smell to the air that the St. George Fire Department was on hand to clean up.

The accident, which caused no injuries inside the other two vehicles, happened around 11:45 a.m. between 200 North and 300 North, with Second Chance Auto on the right and Kneaders Bakery & Cafe on the left. The already busy section of North Bluff, which includes the Hurst General Store and Smith’s Food and Drug, has been saved over 300 yards.

Initially, the crash was reported as a report of the cars hitting the motorcycle and throwing its rider off. But St. George Police Officer Scott Cleveland said that was not the case.

“Sometimes the breakdown is different than it is,” Cleveland said. “The black pickup and the black SUV were roughly parallel. The motorcycle tried to pull the gap between these two vehicles as they moved. So it bounced off the pickup, possibly bounced off the SUV.

Thinner motorcycles have some leeway to move between vehicles and lanes. But while Cleveland said the incident is still under investigation, Friday’s crash appears to be one in which a motorcyclist may have gone too far.

A damaged motorcycle lies on a tow truck after an accident involving the bike, a pickup truck and an SUV on Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, April 1, 2022 | Photo by Chris Reed, St. George News

“There was no reason for him to do that,” Cleveland said. “There is a law called channel filtering that applies. If all vehicles are stopped, except the motorcycle, the vehicle can pass between these vehicles, as long as all vehicles must be stopped safely after having a stop sign or a red light. This was clearly not the case. »

There was also the unusual sight of a flatbed tow truck which usually carries much larger vehicles in front of carrying a motorcycle.

The scene was cleared at 12:10 p.m., but 10 minutes later there was still a long line of cars backed up on North Bluff to 100 North.

This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full conclusions.

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