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MIDVALE -- A motorcycle rider is lucky to be alive after a run in with a pickup truck in Midvale.
The motorcycle was going the speed limit on Midvale's Center Street (about 7720 S and 175 West) around 8 p.m. Wednesday night when an oncoming pickup truck apparently didn't see the motorcycle and made a left hand turn right in front of him.
Midvale Police Detective Sgt. John Salazar said, "He could not avoid the accident so he attempted to lay the bike down to minimize the crash."
Salazar says the motorcycle and rider, 52-year-old Robert Horn, were wedged under the truck and dragged 40 to 50 feet.
"Chest and head injuries; however, he was wearing his helmet, and that is exactly what saved his life," Salazar said.
Horn was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to serious condition.
Salazar says the 82-year-old pickup truck driver was not speeding and will likely be cited with failure to yield to oncoming traffic.