Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bountiful Parade Scare

So we had quite the excitement on Friday night! Here is the article.

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BOUNTIFUL — Spectators had a scare at Bountiful's Handcart Days parade Friday when two motorcycles collided, sending one bike into a crowd of onlookers.

Eight Utah Highway Patrol officers were riding motorcycles in the parade when two of the bikes collided as they performed a maneuver, said UHP Lt. Bob Anderson.

About 5:45 p.m., the two motorcycles sideswiped each other near the intersection of 900 South and Main, causing the bikes to fall over.

Bountiful resident Brad West saw the accident and said the officers had just started to weave in and out when the two collided.

"It happened pretty quick," West said. "The two hit, and the momentum just carried the motorcycle and the driver into the crowd."

One young girl was slightly burned by a motorcycle's exhaust pipe when the vehicle slid into the crowd of people watching the parade, Anderson said. The girl's injuries were minor, and her parents took her to be treated, he said.

One of the troopers was later taken to a Murray hospital for treatment of minor cuts and scrapes.

The two motorcycles were pulled from the street and did not continue in the parade.

Anderson said Bountiful police are investigating the incident.

— Josh Smith
Deseret News

A 5-year-old girl was injured when two Utah Highway Patrol motorcycles collided during the Bountiful Handcart Days parade Friday night, sending one motorcycle skidding into the crowd.

The troopers were doing a maneuver near 600 N. Main St. as part of the Highway Patrol’s entry in the parade when one motorcycle clipped the other about 6:30 p.m., said Bountiful police Cpl. Kerry Bell. The girl suffered a burn on her thigh. Her parents took her to Lakeview Hospital, where she was treated and released.

The crash did not halt the festivities, Bell said. Neither trooper was hurt.

Just to let you know my cousin's daughter is doing good. She had the cutest little wrap on her leg yesterday and was doing well. I was telling her that not many people can say they've been ran over by a highway patrol man. Something for the journals for sure!

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