Motorcyclist Dies After Construction Zone Crash on I-80
A motorcyclist is dead after crashing into traffic control equipment for a construction zone on Interstate 80 early Friday.
Bradley Hansen, 58, of Center Junction, Iowa, was headed east Friday morning on a 2014 Honda motorcycle in a construction zone about seven miles east of Lyman. In that construction zone, traffic was confined to the westbound lanes and reduced to one lane of travel for each direction.
Hansen came to the end of the construction zone near mile post 48 at 6:45 a.m. He was transitioning back onto the normal eastbound lanes of I-80 when the motorcycle hit two construction barrels and a large wooden reflective arrow board sign.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says in a news release that the motorcycle continued east and left the highway to the south. The motorcycle went into a ditch where it tipped over and Hansen fell off.
Hansen was taken by helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he died, despite wearing a helmet during the crash.
The Patrol is examining morning sun glare and driver inattention as contributing factors in the crash.
Hansen was the 70th person killed on Wyoming highways in 2016. The same time period in 2015 saw 92 highway deaths statewide.
Patrol Sgt. David Wagener notes that Hansen was the 17th person killed on a motorcycle this year, compared with 18 motorcycle-related deaths during the same period in 2015.