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Four people who had injuries which were not life threatening were taken to hospitals following a traffic crash that involved two cars Friday evening on State Road 224.

"The two vehicles and the debris from those vehicles were completely covering all southbound lanes," Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Daems said about the crash in the Snyderville Basin.

The driver of a wagon while attempting to turn from northbound S.R. 224 onto Bobsled Boulevard failed to yield to an oncoming Mitsubishi, Daems said.

"Another car was southbound on 224 and was coming into the intersection. The vehicle failed to yield and they collided in the intersection," the trooper said.

A Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was nearby was first at the scene.

All four occupants of the two vehicles were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Daems said.

The southbound side of S.R. 224 and one northbound lane were closed nearly 45 minutes as officers cleared the road, he said.

Plane crashes near county line

A small airplane crashed near the Summit County line Nov. 21, authorities said.

Dylan Hopkins, 25, a paramedic and firefighter, died from his injuries. Salt Lake City Fire Department officials said he and fellow firefighters Bryon Meyer and Craig Weaver took off late Friday morning in a Cessna 172 for a weekend trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., the Associated Press reported.

Weaver, the pilot, attempted an emergency landing when the plane crashed in a snowy remote clearing. Weaver, who is also a flight paramedic for AirMed, called for help on his cell phone. The other two on board were not employees of the flight service

Alan Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, said the FAA received a report around 1:30 p.m. Friday that a Cessna 172 went down about 30 miles east of Salt Lake City.

The crash is under investigation. AirMed responded to the crash. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest officials said the airplane crashed in the Soapstone Wilderness area near the towns of Francis and Woodland, near Highways 150 and 35.

Tanker rolls near Parleys Canyon

A propane tanker rolled Nov. 21 near the mouth of Parleys Canyon and about 800 homes in the area were evacuated, authorities said.

One of the tanks ruptured against a cement barrier on a ramp off Interstate 80 west to Interstate 215 south. Authorities said propane was leaking from the larger of two tanks and they were concerned a spark could cause an explosion, the Associated Press reported.

Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Nigbur said authorities temporarily evacuated homes within a half-mile of the spill. A temporary shelter for residents was opened at nearby Skyline High School.

Police closed parts of I-80, I-215 and Foothill Boulevard.

The truck driver was in a hospital with critical injuries after being extricated from the semi’s cab, Nigbur said.

Salt Lake County Unified Fire Authority Capt. Wade Russell said the county activated the reverse 911 system to notify residents to evacuate their homes. An estimated 3,000 residents were asked to leave, he said.

Authorities said they were concerned a spark could cause an explosion after the larger of the two tanks ruptured. The crash closed parts of Interstates 80 and 215, as well as a city street.

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