Law enforcement and medics were busy Tuesday night handling a motorcycle crash and two rollover wrecks.
All three accidents resulted in injuries, and police think alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes.
Around 5 p.m., a car and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Middle School and High School roads.
“The vehicle dragged the motorcycle about 21 to 22 feet,” Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said.
At press time, officers were still investigating how the motorcyclist got pinned under the car, but initial investigations revealed that the driver of the car failed to yield. Charges are pending, Schultz said.
The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries.
“There was a significant amount of damage to the motorcycle,” Schultz said.
While it isn’t illegal in Wyoming to ride without a helmet on a bike or motorcycle, helmets are strongly encouraged.
“Even when you’re in town, crashes happen,” Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Marshal Kathy Clay said. “A helmet is just another piece of protection to wear.”
Around 6 p.m., first responders were called south of town for a Jeep that had rolled off the road near Granite Hot Springs.
“Witnesses spotted a white Jeep down in the bushes off the roadway,” Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon said. “They couldn’t get to them because of the heavy brush.”
The witnesses eventually pulled the Jeep up with their car and rushed the driver and passenger to Hoback Market, where they called 911. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to St. John’s Medical Center with unknown injuries. The passenger was not hurt.
Police believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.
At 8:40 p.m., deputies were called to a rollover accident on Fish Creek Road south of Phillips Canyon.
The driver, a 48-year-old Wilson man, admitted to drinking and blew a .158%.
“He was covered in blood and severely damaged his truck,” Stanyon said.
The man was cited for DUI but was left in the care of the hospital.