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UPDATED: Two killed in motorcycle accident in Wellington


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Two Price residents died when the bullet bike they were riding went off the road at the first curve in Wellington and landed near the railroad tracks on Friday morning.

Initially the bike was spotted at 2 a.m. in Price near 100 N. going at a high rate of speed on city streets. Price police pursued but when the speeds reached near 100 miles per hour they discontinued their pursuit and the bike disappeared.

A short time later it reappeared near the parking lot of Smith's doing the same thing and the authorities pursued the biker again, but again because of safety concerns they discontinued the chase as the bike headed east on U.S. 6 toward Wellington.

Reportedly Carbon County Sheriff's Deputies pursued at that point but when the speed of the bike got to 125 miles per hour, they also discontinued the pursuit. The biker reached a known top speed of 134 miles per hour, according to Guy Adams, captain with Carbon County Sheriff's Department. However, at one point, the biker reached a speed so fast radar was unable to determine how fast they were going, Adams said.

As county authorities patrolled Wellington to see if they could find the bike and its riders, dispatch got a call at 3:20 a.m. from a conductor on a Union Pacific freight train that reported that they thought they had just run over a body on the tracks.

Upon investigation two bodies were found near 400 West in Wellington. One had landed near the tracks; the other, a passenger, was apparently thrown from the bike and hit a utility pole. The victim who landed near the tracks was not run over by a train, according to Adams.

The motorcycle itself was laying off the side of the grade with its light still on. Adams said the bullet bike was "almost disintegrated" when authorities arrived on the scene.

Names of the victims have not been released.

Utah Highway Patrol and Union Pacific were still investigating the accident earlier this morning.

Adams said authorities will usually stop a chase when the safety of the deputies in pursuit and traffic in the area are in danger.

This is a developing story. The Sun Advocate will post more details when they are made available.

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