Two Iron Man competitors were involved in a collision with a vehicle near the Ghost Bike Memorial on Telegraph St., Washington, Utah on October 29, 2022 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – Two Ironman competitors were involved in a bicycle collision with a vehicle on Telegraph St. less than a mile north of the Ghost Bikes Memorial near the community of Coral Canyon.
Emergency medical services were dispatched around 11 a.m. to the scene near Telegraph St. and Landfill Rd.
The vehicle involved in the collision was a gray Jeep Renegade with significant heavy damage to the rear of the vehicle, including a broken rear window. No other damage was visible.
A black Argon 18 bike and another black bike of unknown brand were lying near the middle of Telegraph St. A pair of blue sports shoes, a white helmet, a green water bottle and several pieces of unknown materials were strewn around the two bicycles. Crime scene evidence tags have been put in place. There was visible blood.
The status of the competitors and the driver of the vehicle is currently unknown. The competitors were transported by ambulance to a medical center.
An area approximately two miles from Telegraph St. was closed during the emergency response to the incident and investigation. Law enforcement authorities called it a “crime scene”.
Fifteen police units, including the City of Washington Police, St. George Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Utah Tech University Police Department, as well as Hurricane Fire and Rescue, intervened at the scene. The investigation concluded with the cleaning of the crime scene and the reopening of the roads around 2:20 p.m.
Washington City Police Department Lt. Kory Klotz said the crash was being handled by local law enforcement and that releasing information about what happened at the scene would be handled by the police. Iron Man organization.
This collision incident involving cyclists competing in a sports event comes six months after two cyclists competing in the St. George’s Spring Tour were killed by an impaired driver on April 9.
Ironman Group released the following statement via email to St. George News regarding the incident.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred during the cycling portion of the second day of competition at the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, involving an automobile and two athletes. Both athletes were transported to a nearby hospital where they continue to receive treatment. The well-being of our competitors is paramount and we are grateful for the work of medical personnel and local law enforcement. We wish both athletes a full and speedy recovery and will continue to support them and our their family All inquiries should be directed to the local authorities in the City of Washington.
This report is based on on-the-spot sightings and statements by law enforcement officials and may not contain the full conclusions.
This article will be updated as new information is released.
Update: October 29, 7:05 p.m. – Added statement from Ironman Group regarding the incident.
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