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2 Salt Lake police officers injured in downtown motorcycle crash

Published: Thursday, April 24 2014 10:00 p.m. MDT

Two Salt Lake police officers were in stable condition Thursday after crashing on motorcycles near 500 South and 250 East.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two Salt Lake police officers were in stable condition Thursday after crashing on motorcycles on 500 South near 250 East.

The collision occurred at about 6:10 p.m. when the driver of a passenger vehicle made a lane change and came in front of three officers on motorcycles, Salt Lake detective Cody Lougy said. One officer was able to avoid a collision with the vehicle while the other two collided at 35 mph with the driver's side door.

The two officers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for abrasions and lacerations, but were expected to recover fully, Lougy said. All three officers were wearing helmets and protective jackets at the time of the collision.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, Lougy said.

The collision were still under investigation, and it was not immediately clear why the driver didn't see the motorcycles before the lane change.

"Unfortunately, this is a common mistake that happens in motorcycle accidents and vehicle accidents," Lougy said. "A lot of people just kind of check their mirrors. But you should be looking over to your left and right and double-checking before you merge over."

— Morgan Jacobsen

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