Motorcyclist dead after fiery, head-on collision with semi in Emery County

A motorcyclist died Thursday night in Emery County after he crossed a centerline and ran into a semi. Photo: Utah Department of Public Safety

EMERY COUNTY, Utah, May 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A motorcyclist died Thursday night in a head-on collision with a semi on State Route 6 in Emery County.

The resulting fire destroyed the semi and its cargo, and closed the roadway, U.S. Route 6, for multiple hours.

The accident happened at about 10:45 p.m. when an eastbound motorcyclist crossed a centerline, near milepost 298 of SR-6, heading into oncoming traffic, a Utah Highway Patrol report says.

The collision site was northwest of Green River.

“There was a westbound tractor trailer near the same location,” the UPH statement says. “The motorcycle crossed center and impacted in a head-on style with the semi. The rider of the motorcycle died on the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.¬†Alcohol, prescription drugs, and windy weather are all possible factors in the crash.

“The collision and a subsequent fire (destroying the semi and its cargo) caused a complete closure of travel on US-6 (both eastbound and westbound directions) for approximately four hours.”

The report does not mention any injury to the semi driver.

The name of the motorcyclist has not yet been released.

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