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Motorcyclist killed after striking trailer hauling cattle

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Logan Canyon roads were reopened from both sides after a fatal motorcycle collision on Sept. 4, 2021. (Photo: Brian Champagne/KUTV)

Logan Canyon was closed for several hours after a fatal crash between a motorcycle and a truck hauling a large animal trailer.

The collision occurred Saturday just after noon on US Highway 89 near mile marker 471.

Officials from the Utah Highway Patrol said Bradley L. Goertzen, 59, was traveling northbound through the canyon on his motorcycle and failed to negotiate a bend in the road. The motorcycle was laid in oncoming traffic before Goertzen was hit by a southbound truck hauling a trailer with cattle.

Troopers said the he and his motorcycle struck the trailer. His motorcycle sustained significant damage. They said the trailer ran over Goertzen, who died at the scene.

"It appears he took the corner too fast and laid the bike down, and slid into the front of the truck," said Corporal Jerry "J" Hardy.

Corporal Hardy said there was a doctor who happened to be in the area. They applied life-saving assistance before emergency medical crews got to the scene, but those efforts had little effect.

No other injuries were reported.

Officials said Goertzen, who lived in Midvale, was traveling with another motorcyclist who was further up the road. They told troopers the two had been on their way to Bear Lake.

The truck driver stopped at the scene and was talking to officials.

Both northbound and southbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked and the scene and worked to determine exactly what happened. Drivers were advised to find alternate routes through the area.

The roadway reopened at around 3:30 p.m.