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A motorcycle rider and his passenger, both from Colorado, were injured Tuesday in Wendover when they were hit from behind by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper who looked down momentarily at something in his patrol car. The couple suffered minor injuries.

WENDOVER — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who allegedly "looked away" momentarily, rear-ended a motorcycle on Tuesday, injuring two riders.

The trooper was on Wendover Boulevard in Wendover, driving behind a motorcycle with two riders, when the motorcycle slowed to make a left turn into a parking lot, according to a statement from the UHP.

"The trooper had momentarily looked away and when he looked back, he saw the motorcycle coming to a stop. The trooper rear-ended the motorcycle with his patrol vehicle," the UHP stated.

A 58-year-old Colorado man was taken to University Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, and a 56-year-old woman was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital with cuts to her face.

"We regret that this incident has occurred and are also working with family members of the victims to help in any way we can," the UHP said.

The Tooele County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

— Pat Reavy