A motorcyclist was killed on U.S. 89 Friday afternoon near Wellsvillle after he laid down his bike to avoid colliding with a minivan.
The man driving the van pulled into the emergency lane on the right shoulder of the highway to take a call on his cell phone, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ted Tingey said. When he finished the call he attempted to make a U-turn, but he obstructed the path of Travis J. Anderson, 27, of Ogden, causing him to lay down his bike.
Anderson's bike collided with the left side of the van at 12:50 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital where staff stabilized his condition, Tingey said. He was then transported by helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden where he was pronounced dead. Tingey said that Anderson was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious head injuries. The Logan couple in the van were uninjured, Tingey said. UHP and Cache County are investigating the accident for possible charges. Tingey said they do not expect speed to be a factor.