A vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 80 eastbound resulted in one person critically injured and two lanes to be shut down for roughly two hours.

At 7:57 a.m. a call was received by the Utah Highway Patrol that a person had been hit by a vehicle that had lost control.

According to Sgt. Jeff Nigbur of the Utah Department of Public Safety, a white Toyota 4Runner traveling in the fast lane lost control and crashed into the left hand concrete barrier by mile post 134 near the East Canyon exit, where it flipped and ended up facing west in the eastbound emergency lane.

A black passenger car then arrived to offer assistance to the crashed 4Runner, parking in front of the vehicle in the emergency lane, Nigbur said. A gold Toyota Tacoma then came around the corner, lost control and simultaneously hit the 4Runner and the person assisting, who was outside of the vehicle.

The individual was thrown 40 to 50 feet from the emergency lane to the concrete barrier and into the center median, and sustained leg and head injuries, later transported to the University of Utah Hospital in critical condition. Nigbur said the individual, as of 10:20 a.m., is in surgery.

The driver of the 4Runner was transported by a family member to the University of Utah Hospital was minor injuries, Nigbur said. The Tacoma had come to rest on the concrete barrier.

The left and center lanes were closed near mile post 134 for roughly two hours while UHP officers investigated the scene.


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