Motorcyclist hurt, SR 16 closed after Tacoma wreck

A crash sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and closed some lanes of state Route 16 in Tacoma Monday for several hours, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The 39-year-old Gig Harbor man rear-ended a Toyota Camry with his motorcycle, and was thrown from the bike shortly before 7 a.m. at eastbound SR 16 and Sprague Avenue, according to the Washington State Patrol. Trooper Guy Gill said investigators found the man’s speedometer was stuck at 105 mph, which often indicates the speed a bike was driving at the time of a crash.

He was wearing a helmet at the time. His condition was not immediately available.

Troopers closed some lanes of the eastbound highway for three hours as they investigated, Gill said.

Drugs or alcohol were involved, and speed caused the wreck, according to the agency.

No one else was hurt.