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I-80 CRASH: Biker Injured As Crackdown Ends

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A motorcycle rider was rushed to the hospital after a crash involving a semi on Interstate 80.

The accident occurred near mile marker 82 in Adair County. A motorcyclist was attempting to pass a semi in the right lane when the truck moved to the right, causing the motorcyclist to crash into the median.

The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital by helicopter where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

That accident came less than a day after the end of the I-80 Challenge, a multi-state awareness and high-visibility enforcement effort to encourage all drivers to drive safely on the Interstate 80.

Highway patrols in the ten states along Interstate 80 came together to try to prevent fatalities on the road.  Troopers looked for speeders, distracted drivers, and people not wearing a seat belt.

The eight day long event finished at midnight Wednesday.

Over the course of the crackdown, there were two fatalities; one occurred in Ohio and the other in Nebraska.

Authorities say they consider the challenge a success.

“Tragically we lost two lives but I think we’re going to see numerous impaired drivers removed from the road and from early results, there were significant drug arrests made on Interstate 80,” says Col. Patrick Hoye, chief of the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Another challenge is already being planned.

Authorities haven’t decided which road it will target or when it will be held.

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