MORGAN -- A 48-year-old Mountain Green man died Thursday night when the motorcycle he was driving crashed on Interstate 84.
William J. Muse was driving his Harley Davidson west on I-84 when "something strange happened" and he lost control of the motorcycle about 7:30 p.m., said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Whitehead.
"He veered to the left, went off the road... (and) hit the guard rail, which threw him over the rail and he landed in the median" near mile post 104, Whitehead said. The impact caused severe trauma, shattering his neck and pelvis, he said.
Emergency responders performed CPR, but he was taken by ambulance to Ogden Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The motorcycle had continued another 1,200 feet. Whitehead said that it was a good thing someone saw the accident and called, because the motorcycle was barely damaged and came to rest upright, off the road. It would not have been immediately obvious to look for the driver, he said.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. Whitehead said that his gut feeling was that a medical problem may have led to the crash, though an autopsy would have to provide a definitive answer on that.
Though Thursday's thunderstorms poured down on the UHP troopers as they investigated the scene, the roads were dry at the time of the accident, he said.