2 dead in motorcycle accident after fleeing from police

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PRICE — Two people riding a bullet bike that law enforcers clocked at 134 mph were killed early Friday after apparently failing to negotiate a turn.

The names of the man and woman, both from the Carbon County area, were not immediately released pending notification of family members.

The incident began about 2 a.m. when a Price police officer saw a motorcycle speeding down Main Street, said Carbon County Sheriff's Capt. Guy Adams. Another Price officer spotted the bike a short time later near 100 North and attempted to pull it over, he said.

Price officers lost sight of the bullet bike near 800 North. It was last seen traveling an estimated 95 mph, Adams said.

Police terminated their chase at that point. A Carbon County sheriff's deputy spotted the motorcycle a short time later on Cedar Hills Drive and picked up the pursuit, he said. The motorcycle went through a grocery store parking lot onto state Route 55 and U.S. 6, Adams said.

Once the motorcycle hit the long, straight pavement of U.S. 6 heading toward Wellington, the driver accelerated to a speed of 134 mph. Law enforcers terminated their pursuit at that point for safety reasons, Adams said.

The chase lasted six minutes.

More than an hour later, about 3:20 a.m., employees of Union Pacific notified the sheriff's office of a possible body near the railroad tracks. Deputies found the bodies of a man and a woman and a motorcycle that appeared to have crashed, he said.

Investigators believe the bullet bike was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to make the turn leading into Wellington, went off the road and hit a delineator pole, Adams said. Neither the driver nor the occupant was wearing a helmet.

"It appeared they were killed on impact," Adams said.



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