A pair of motorcycle accidents in Davis County on Saturday sent four people to the hospital and were the latest in a rash of motorcycle crashes throughout the Top of Utah.
Two people were taken to University of Utah Hospital after a two-
motorcycle accident around 4 p.m. on Interstate 15 near the 400 North exit in Bountiful.
The motorcycles were driving north together on I-15 when the lead motorcycle slowed, causing the rear motorcycle to hit it, according to a Utah Highway Patrol news release. The impact happened when the motorcycles were going about 70 miles per hour, and it threw both occupants of the rear motorcycle -- the driver, Andrew Glines, 24, and an unidentified female passenger -- forward, where they each got an arm caught between the rear tire and frame of the front motorcycle.
The rear motorcycle then crashed to the ground, and both passengers suffered road rash and lacerations to their arms, the release states. Glines was not wearing a helmet, though his female passenger was.
The rider of the front motorcycle, Eddie Greer, 22, was able to maintain control without crashing and was unhurt.
The second accident happened in Clearfield around 7:20 p.m. when a 36-year-old Layton man was riding his motorcycle south on Main Street and collided with a car driven by a 17-year-old male, who was attempting to turn left onto 300 North, Clearfield Police Chief Greg Krusi said.
The 36-year-old man was transported by helicopter to Ogden Regional Medical Center with head trauma, Krusi said. It was not known if he had been wearing a helmet. The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The accidents were the third and fourth serious local motorcycle crashes in the last two weeks.
A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with a severed leg in an April 18 crash on Washington Boulevard when a car turned out in front of him from the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College.
On Wednesday, an on-duty Ogden police officer suffered a broken leg after a car tried to turn in front of his motorcycle at the intersection of 30th Street and Washington Boulevard.