All these riders recovered.
Five cyclists crash, one critically injured, during race
Race » Amateurs follow same route as Tour of Utah
By Lindsay Whitehurst
Five amateur cyclists were hurt during a race Saturday when an SUV suddenly stopped in front of them in American Fork Canyon, police said.
The cyclists collided with the black SUV while traveling down the canyon on State Road 92 near the Timpanogos Caves, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur.
At least two cyclists hit the back of the vehicle, and three more crashed trying to avoid it. A 48-year-old man was critically injured and flown to a hospital. A 35-yearold man was taken to Intermountain Medical Center and a 46-year-old man went to American Fork Hospital. Both were taken by ground ambulance in poor condition. The 46-year-old later was released.
Emergency crews respond to the scene of an accident involving five cyclists and an SUV on Saturday during a bike race in American Fork Canyon. The road was closed for about an hour. Names were not released.
Witnesses told troopers the black SUV may have been attempting to avoid a red SUV with a trailer coming up the canyon.
It wasn’t clear Saturday whether the red SUV crossed into the black SUV’s lane or if the driver overreacted. The accident is under investigation, and charges could be filed, Nigbur said.
The cyclists were racing with 1,000 Warriors, an amateur race held in conjunction with the Tour of Utah, said Tour of Utah interactive director Patrick Commiskey.
The one-day 1,000 Warriors race is along the same route as the tour, starting five hours before Tour riders, Commiskey said. The 1,000 Warriors race is a fundraiser for injured veterans, organized independently from the Tour.