SALT LAKE CITY -- Law enforcement officers are pleading with motorists to secure their pickup or trailer loads after a motorcycle officer took a tumble because of a piece of metal that dropped onto Interstate 15.
Authorities pushing a "Litter Hurts" campaign say they've found everything from kitchen sinks to furniture on highways.
Five people were killed by litter on Utah roadways in the past five years. One case involved Royce W. Munns, 46, of Brigham City, who died in June 2012. He was driving his motorcycle south on Interstate 15 at 10:45 p.m. when he ran into the mattress and box spring just north of the Weber/Box Elder county line.
Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Roger Williams says the lid of an ice-making machine sent a member of his motorcycle squad tumbling on Wednesday. The officer is recovering from injuries.
The squad was on a training run on I-15 when they encountered the piece of metal.
The Standard-Examiner contributed to this article.