The male driver of a motorcycle was taken by helicopter to Billings with life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the WYO 120 S-US 14-16-20 intersection.
The female passenger of the motorcycle was taken to West Park Hospital and then also transported to Billings for further care, according to the Wyoming High Patrol.
The injured motorcycle riders from California were still hospitalized in Billings on Monday morning.
The motorcycle was T-boned in the intersection by a white jeep Cherokee, a trooper said failed to yield to the motorcycle traveling eastbound, which had been following a truck turning right at the intersection.
The driver and passenger of the Jeep, both Park County residents, were treated and released.
Neither have been identified as investigation into the incident is ongoing, a WHP trooper said.
With warm weather and tourist season bringing out more motorcycles, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol are urging drivers and riders to take their time and be on the lookout for each other.
“Due to the size of a motorcycle, it is sometimes difficult for another motorist to see them. Running a headlight can help this issue,” said Sgt. Jeremy Beck with the highway patrol. “We also encourage all motorcyclists to wear a helmet and drive safely.”
Statistics from WYDOT’s Highway Safety Program indicated frequency of motorcycle fatalities and crashes have fluctuated over the past five years.
Wyoming averages about 19 total motorcycle fatalities per year over a five-year period. The lowest fatalities were in 2018 and 2014 with both having 16 each. There were 17 fatalities in 2017, 24 in 2016 and 24 in 2015.
“The warmer weather means more motorcycles will be out on the roads,” said Jennifer Goodrich, WYDOT Motorcycle Safety Program coordinator. “In places like Wyoming, where there are seasonal riders, it’s imperative that motorists be on the lookout for motorcycles and share the road.”
Motorists and motorcyclists can take extra precautions this summer and during other times of the year when motorcycles are out on the roads to ensure all are safe.