Utah Highway Patrol had its hands full after two accidents involving motorcycles happened within 30 minutes of each other in Box Elder County.
The first occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 15, Mile Marker 375, near Elwood. A 71-year-old man was riding southbound on a Yamaha motorcycle. A small green car was in the lane next to him when traffic began merging to one lane due to construction.
The green car pulled ahead of the motorcycle and slowed down with traffic; however, the biker did not slow and ended up rear-ending the car, UHP said. The biker was going about 60 mph when he was thrown from his bike.
The biker suffered a broken leg and road rash on the top of his head. He was not wearing a helmet.
He was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital then transported via LifeFlight to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden in critical condition.
The driver of the car was uninjured.
UHP troopers were called to a second accident in south Willard on U.S. 89 just minutes after arriving at the first one. A male and female were on a black Harley-Davidson headed southbound when a northbound Honda CRV turned left on 7600 South, pulling in front of the bikers, troopers said.
They impacted, tossing the riders from the motorcycle.
Both riders were taken to Brigham City Community Hospital in stable condition. It is unknown if they were wearing helmets.
The driver of the car was treated on the scene with minor injuries from the airbag.
"I normally don't deal with that many motorcycle accidents, so it wasn't a normal thing to have two happen in the same day within half an hour of each other," said UHP Lt. Lee Perry.